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Before you buy any software, consider who will host your Web page. If you belong to a commercial online service, for example, you might not need any software, because there might be templates that you can use to create basic Web pages. If you have an account with a typical Internet Service Provider (ISP), the company might have restrictions that could affect your Web site plans. So, check with them first.

Text editors: Text editors are simple word-processing programs, and, believe it or not, any old text editor can be used to design a Web page. (WordPad and NotePad are included free of charge with Windows 95 and 98.) Hypertext markup language (HTML), the language that's used to create Web pages, is just text. It's a fairly simple language that tells Web browser software how to display information. Many designers just use basic text editors that come free of charge with their computer operating systems.

HTML editors: Want something a bit more advanced? Consider purchasing an HTML editing program. These programs are fancier text editors that are designed specifically to make HTML coding easier. Some display HTML tags in various colors, which makes it a snap for any designer to keep track of things. Better HTML editors include extras, such as simple JavaScript or CGI scripts, that can add functionality to Web pages.

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Web Design In A Nutshell
Web Design in a Nutshell
A Desktop Quick Reference
by Jennifer Niederst, Richard Koman (Editor)
Are you a print designer working on the Web? An HTML coder learning about server-side hosting for the first time? Web Design in a Nutshell has slim but whole chapters for those topics-- and everything else you can imagine. This guide is full of helpful tables and lists, making it a perfect desktop reference. The book breaks down the huge topic of Web site development into understandable, readable segments: the Web environment (browsers, displays, design principles), an in-depth guide to HTML tags, graphics manipulation and display, multimedia possibilities, and technologies for larger site management (such as Cascading Style Sheets [CSS] and XML). Click Here To Buy

HTML & XHTML
The Definitive Guide
by Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Plenty of books can teach you HTML quickly, getting you up to speed and hacking out Web pages in no time. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide offers a more comprehensive and pragmatic look at the de facto markup language of today, as well as the emerging next step. This title systematically presents HTML markup, beginning with the basics--such as the anatomy of an HTML document, text, and links--and proceeding to cascading style sheets, JavaScript, and XML. Along the way, it discusses related issues, such as problems with displaying background images, and browser-specific behavior with tables and other elements. Each element is covered in as much depth as is necessary to frame the key implementation issues. Click Here To Buy
Hip Pocket Guide to HTML
Hip Pocket Guide to Html 4.01
by Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Chelsea Valentine

With topics arranged alphabetically, this guide gives definitions, attributes, context, usage, and examples for every HTML 4.01 tag. Concise overview of the HTML language, full coverage of tag attributes, loads of examples and screen shots, an index of tags broken down by topic, and more. Click Here To Buy

Creating Cool HTML 4
Creating Cool Html 4 Web Pages
by Dave Taylor
Taylor first shows new users what a Web page is, how a browser works, what URLs are, and other basic concepts. He then delves into basic HTML, fonts, and text styles and explains how to make lists, special characters, pointers, and links; add graphics; and create tables and frames. Taylor moves into advanced topics such as background, marquees, image maps, JavaScript, forms, plug-ins, Dynamic HTML, style sheets, and more, using his own award-winning work as tutorial examples. He clearly discusses the HTML coding used to create each page. Click Here To Buy
The Book of Java Script
The Book of JavaScript A Practical Guide
to Interactive Web Pages (With CD-ROM)
by Thau, Dave Thau, David Thau

Most Web developers pick up a book to learn how to use a language like JavaScript, looking for practical examples of how to get things done. The Book of JavaScript: A Practical Guide to Interactive Web Pages is plenty practical, and hits the mark as a reader-friendly and well-organized tutorial on JavaScript. The book assumes no prior knowledge in JavaScript or other procedural languages, although familiarity with HTML is best. The well-thought-out text focuses on various programming goals--like rollovers and form validation--instead of the anatomy of the JavaScript language itself. Click Here To Buy

XML for the World Wide Web
XML for the World Wide Web
Visual QuickStart Guide
by Elizabeth Castro
The Visual QuickStart Guide series from Peachpit Press is known for boiling topics down to the essentials, and presenting them in an engaging and efficient way, to get the reader up to speed quickly. In applying this model to XML, author Elizabeth Castro had her work cut out for her. Fortunately for her readers, Castro has identified successfully the core components of XML, and presented them in a streamlined way. This book doesn't tackle any of the advanced elements of XML technology, such as SOAP, SAX, or integration with the Document Object Model (DOM). Instead, it focuses on teaching the basic nuts and bolts of creating XML documents, styling them, and defining their structure. Click Here To Buy
Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web
Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web
Visual QuickStart Guide
by Elizabeth Castro
Anyone trying to get a grasp on something as complex and powerful as Perl will appreciate Castro's relatively straightforward technique. For example, in the first chapter, Castro explains some basic Perl concepts sensibly: that the $ stands for the s in scalar; the @ sign stands for the a in array; and that the % that labels a hash or associative array indicates two circles on each side of the slash as parts of a pair. This granular, logical way of building Perl knowledge will get new Perl users started. More experienced users will want to use this book as a workbook and refresher. Readers should be familiar with HTML and comfortable with technical explanations, diagrams, and general vocabulary. Click Here To Buy
DHTML for the World Wide Web
DHTML for the World Wide Web
Visual Quickstart Guide
by Jason C. Teague
If you're proficient at HTML, yet still fuzzy about Dynamic HTML, you're definitely not alone. Since the two browser heavyweights--Microsoft and Netscape--offer different flavors of DHTML, this promising technical advance for the Web is still in flux. DHTML for the World Wide Web is a no-nonsense look at where DHTML stands and how to use it effectively. The author wastes no time laying out the differences between the two vendors' approaches and establishing the common ground--mainly cascading style sheets (CSS) and JavaScript. "An even balance of Netscape and Microsoft techniques makes this book a handy reference for any Web developer.Click Here To Buy

 
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