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Beginning HTML With CSS And XHTML: Modern Guide... Fix

In particular, the book uses brand new CSS examples to illustrate modern layout design with CSS, covers using XHTML and CSS for displaying pages for mobile devices, shows how to format forms with CSS and how to process them with PHP, describes how to embed audio and video on Web sites in a standards-compliant way, and then how to syndicate that content and create a podcast by writing RSS feeds.

Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML: Modern Guide...


Your approach to HTML should be like your approach to learning a new language. Start with the understanding that you are beginning with no prior knowledge. It can be humbling for even the most experienced workers.

Glasshaus has a new book for anyone looking to get involved in web development, and learn the best ways to go about things from the outset. In this book we see an admirable dedication to sticking to the modern standards of XHTML 1.0, HTML 4.01 and CSS; with little space wasted on discussing the common methods that forward-looking web designers are trying to distance themselves from.

While this book is very much targeted at the beginner just starting to make their way in the field, it would serve equally well as a guide to the modern way of doing things for any developer still mired in the un-compliant techniques and inaccessible practices of the past. Careful attention is paid to explaining fully the relationship between HTML, XHTML and XML, and the future-compatibility ramifications of your choice of markup. The only time deprecated elements (like the tag) are ever mentioned are necessary notes for those coders who are tasked with redesigning existing sites authored in old-style markup.

Even if CHM could incorporate HTML components with modern accessibility features, it is not clear which, if any, viewers would actually support them, or on what platforms. Again, the only explicit mention of this in the Microsoft HTML Help documentation is to say that:

The strict version of each markup language is the ideal version thatallows no styling elements. On a modern site, such styling should bedefined in CSS, not in HTML. However, it may be difficult for somesites to comply with the strict definition, either because theirauthoring tools use tags that aren't allowed in the strict definition,or because the site's authors want to use forbidden elements, such asthose for embedded Flash. To make the transition to strict HTMLeasier, the standards allow for transitional HTML, which provides alarger number of tags.

The first such concrete syntax is the HTML syntax. This is the format suggested for most authors. It is compatible with most legacy Web browsers. If a document is transmitted with the text/html MIME type, then it will be processed as an HTML document by Web browsers. This specification defines the latest HTML syntax, known simply as "HTML".

The second concrete syntax is XML. When a document is transmitted with an XML MIME type, such as application/xhtml+xml, then it is treated as an XML document by Web browsers, to be parsed by an XML processor. Authors are reminded that the processing for XML and HTML differs; in particular, even minor syntax errors will prevent a document labeled as XML from being rendered fully, whereas they would be ignored in the HTML syntax.

XHTML validation suggests that your site and its code meets current standards and will likely render and display properly in modern browsers. By giving attention to these factors early, effort in later post-cleanup are greatly reduced. (Though it is the case that dynamic sites that are template driven are easier to cleanup than static sites where mistakes are repeated on every HTML page.) I was also interested in the validation because of my assigned scope to get familiar with the entire blog and current environment. 041b061a72


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