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REVIEW: "Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 4 in 21 Days", Laura Lemay/Denise Tyler

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKTYWPHT.RVW 20020628 Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 4 in 21 Days , Laura Lemay/Denise Tyler, 2000, 0-672-31725-7, U$29.99/C$34.95/UK#21.99 %A
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      BKTYWPHT.RVW 20020628

      "Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 4 in 21 Days", Laura
      Lemay/Denise Tyler, 2000, 0-672-31725-7, U$29.99/C$34.95/UK#21.99
      %A Laura Lemay lemay@... webmaster@...
      %A Denise Tyler
      %C 201 W. 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290
      %D 2000
      %G 0-672-31725-7
      %I SAMS Publishing
      %O U$29.99/C$34.95/UK#21.99 800-428-5331 800-428-3804
      %P 831 p.
      %T "Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 4 in 21 Days, 2nd Ed."

      For a number of years, this was my preferred alternate to the now
      classic "HTML: The Definitive Guide" (cf. BKHTMLDG.RVW). However,
      while the basics are still here, the revisions have not been kind.

      The heart of the book is still reasonable. There is fairly good
      coverage of the basics, links, formatting, images, graphics, image
      maps, style sheets, tables, frames, multimedia, forms, scripting, and
      design. The new material describing the Web is rather a waste of
      space, as is the content on promotion of sites.

      Additions to the original work have very much emphasized "style" over
      substance. The existing tutorial text, where it was weak, has not
      been improved. In fact, where the initial work was quite careful to
      be free of errors in example code, the new topics tend to be rife with
      mistakes. The chapter one "Dynamic HTML," for example, does talk
      about the need for JavaScript to be compatible between different
      browser versions, but starts off by teaching scripting commands that
      are limited to Internet Explorer only. (In addition, a number of the
      sample scripts do no work properly in any browser.)

      Although the book can still be helpful for those learning HTML, it is
      no longer possible to recommend the work highly.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995, 2002 BKTYWPHT.RVW 20020628


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