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The Web by phone, and more...
The price of dedication
The Web via ISDN
The Web by network
When Web access happens

Part II: Building Better Web Pages

Chapter 4: Getting Hyper

HTML Basics
Of Links and Sausages
Jumping around inside documents
Jumping across documents (and services)



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You've Used Hypertext, Without Even Knowing It
Beyond Text, There's Multimedia
HyperHelpers: useful "helper" applications
The value of visuals
Mavens of multimedia

Bringing It All Together with the Web

Chapter 5: What's In a Page

It's All in the Layout
What Are You Trying to Say?
Who's listening?
Design springs from content -- and intent
Establish your key messages
Think about superstructure and information flow
The TOC (Table of Contents)



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Common controls for all screens
An index, or a search engine...
A glossary helps manage specialized terms and language
Making superstructure provide structure that's super
The audience is listening!
They're after the goods...don't get in the way!
What should they remember?

Meet the Elements of Page Design
Tagging text
Titles and labels
Text and hypertext links
Using graphics effectively
Overcoming two-dimensional thinking
Stringing pages together, the old-fashioned way
Hierarchies are easy to model in HTML



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Multiple tracks, for multiple audiences
A bona-fide Web wonder: the "hotlist" or "jump page"
Extending the Web, a piece at a time

Part III: A Tour of HTML Basics

Chapter 6: What's a Markup Language?

A Markup Language Is Not a Form of Graffiti
A syntax is not a levy on cigarettes!
Elements of HTML syntax

Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML)
Generalized markup covers many sins
Building better pieces and parts



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Where HTML fits under the SGML umbrella
Welcome to HTML
Delivering content to a variety of platforms
The four-plus faces of HTML

HTML Elements
Go to the head of the document
The bulk's in the document body
The good stuff's in the graphics and links
A footer may be optional, but it's a good idea

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Chapter 7: Pigeonholing Page Contents: HTML Categories

HTML Syntax Redux



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Syntax conventions are no party!
Metacharacters, anyone?
Decoding a complex metacharacter example: ALIGN = ?
Interesting HTML properties
No embedded blanks, please!
What's the default?
The nesting instinct
A matter of contex

HTML Categories
HTML Tags
The run-down on attributes
Tag information layout
<IMG>
Tag layout commentary



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The HTML tag team
<A> ...</A> Anchor
<ADDRESS> ... </ADDRESS> Attribution info
<B> ... </B> Bold style
<BASE> Basis for relative addressing
<BLOCKQUOTE>... </BLOCKQUOTE> Quote style
< BODY>... </ BODY> Mark off HTML document body
<BR> Force line break
<CITE>... </CITE> Citation markup
<CODE>... </CODE> Program code text
<DD> Definition description
<DIR>... </DIR> Directory list
<DL>... </DL> Definition List
<DT> Definition term



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<EM>... </EM> Emphasis
<FORM>... </FORM> User input form
<H*>... </H*> Header levels 1 through 6
<HEAD>... </HEAD> Document head block
<HR> Horizonal rule
<HTML>... </HTML> Main document head
<I>... </I> Italicize text
<IMG>
<INPUT> Input object
<ISINDEX> Document is indexed
<KBD>... </KBD> Keyboard text style
<LI> List item
<LINK>
<MENU>... </MENU>
<OL>... </OL> Ordered list



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<OPTION>
<P>
<PRE>... </PRE> Preformatted style
<SAMP>... </SAMP> Sample text
<SELECT>... </SELECT> Select input object
<STRONG>... </STRONG>Strong emphasis
<TEXTAREA>... </TEXTAREA> Text input area
<TITLE>... </TITLE> Document title
<TT>... </TT> Teletype text
<UL>... </UL> Unordered list style
<VAR>... </VAR> Variable text style





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Chapter 8: Introducing The Unrepresentable: HTML Entities

Entities Don't Have to Be an Alien Concept
Producing Special Characters
Nothing Ancient about the ISO Latin 1 HTML

Chapter 9: Building Basic HTML Documents

The Template's the Thing!
Page Layout: Top to Bottom
What's in a Name? Thinking Up Good Titles and Headings
Titles
Headings



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Building Better Document Bodies
Textual sound bites, NOT!
Balanced composition
Controlling long pages
The bottom line on bodies

Good Bones: Building Strong Paragraphs
Listward Ho: Choosing List Structures
The unordered list
The ordered list
The definition list
Le menu
The short list

Hooking Up: Linking Up to Other Pages
Links to pages within your Web are relative
Links to the World Outside of Your Web are Physical



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Choose your hyperlinks with care

Chapter 10: Beyond Basics: Add a Little HTML Flair

Eye-catchers: Logos, Icons, and Other Little Gems
Horizontal rules but rainbow lines bring smiles
Colored balls beat list dots
Icons
Graphics as hyperlinks
Logos

Building Graphic Page Layouts
Working with graphic files
GIF and JPEG file formats
Slicing up your graphics for better response time



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Seeing through the graphic to the background
The secret for graphics is: placement, placement, placement
Making it legal: GIF vs. JPEG
A new pic's resolution
Rule for graphical thumbs

Footers Complete Your Page
URL line as part of the page
Copyright
Counting coup: versions, dates and times
Version numbering
Revision date
Time stamp
New

Pointers to the Author or Owner
The e-mail link for feedback



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