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HTML for Dummies Contents III


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Forms for feedback
Comment Your HTML Documents for Posterity

Part IV: Advanced HTML

Chapter 11: Going High-Rise: Building Complex Pages

There's No Place Like Home
Organization
It's story (board) time, boys and girls
First things first: list 'em out
Sketch the Web
Board the whole story

Anchors Away: Jumping Around Your Documents



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Linking to text in another page
Linking to text within a page: Table of Contents links

Jumping to Remote Pages
Hypertext links to outside resources
Jump pages
A special <LINK>

The Nesting Instinct: Lists withing Lists
Sampling Sophisticated Pages
National Biological Service
U.S. Geological Survey home page
FedWorld Information Network home page






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Chapter 12: Strictly Pro Forma: Using Forms for Feedback

What HTML Forms Are For
Living Within Your Forms Limitations
Beware of browser!
Sorry, Servers...
What's in a Form?

Forms involve two-way communication
Tag! You're a form...
Setting the <FORM> enviroment
There's no rhythm to METHOD
Lights, camera...ACTION
Let's make an assumption
Knowing what's (in)coming: the <INPUT> tags




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TYPE-casting still works!
Other <INPUT> attributes
A TEXT-oriented <INPUT> example
Being <SELECT>ive
<TEXTAREA> lets users wax eloquent...or profane!
Formulating Good Attitudes

Chapter 13: The Map's The Thing!

Where Are You? (Using Clickable Maps)
Cosmic Cartography: What It Takes to Present Maps on the Web
Warning: different maps for different servers
Dealing with shapes in maps

Building and Linking to CERN Map Files



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The button bar map file
Creating and storing map files
Using map files
Defining a clickable map in you HTML document

The Map Is Not the Territory
Of Clickable Maps and URLs

Chapter 14: Stick Out Your Neck: HTML Extensions

If Your Browser Can't See It, Is It Really There?
The State of the HTML Art
A "simple explanation" for browser diversity
Viva la difference: adding value...or adding confusion?

What's in Store for HTML



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It's "any day now" for HTML 2.0
HTML 3.0 is still developing
HTML 2.1, anyone?
the "real" HTML 3.0

Sone Non-standard HTML Extensions
Netscape's changes to HTML markup
<BASEFONT> Change the basic font size
<BR> Line break
<CENTER>... </CENTER> Center text
<FONT> Adjust font size
<HR> Horizontal rule
<IMG> Image placement tag
<ISINDEX> Searchable index marker
<LI> List item
<NOBR> ... </NOBR> No break



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<OL>... </OL> Ordered list
<UL>... </UL> Unordered list
<WBR> Word break
The Perils of (In)Compatibility

Part V: Beyond HTML? (CGI Scripting and "Real" Applications)

Chapter 15: The Common Gateway Interface (CGI)

The "Common Gateway" Is NOT a Revolving Door!
Describing CGI programs
What's going on in a CGI program?

What's in CGI Input?
Short and sweet : the "extended URL" approach



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Long-winded and thorough: the input-stream approach
Handling environment variables

Forming Up: Input-Handling Programs
Coding CGI
Ladies and gentlemen: Choose your weapons!
Example 1: What time is it?
Example 2: Counting page visits
Example 3: Decoding clickable map coordinates

Chapter 16: Help Them Find Their Way:
Aids to Web and Document Navigation

WebCrawlers and Search Engines
Searching the Web for goodies...



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Searching documents for details...
The Bigger Things Get, The Easier It Is to Get Lost!
Documentary Integuments: Indexes, Jump Tables, and Internal Links
Doing Things the Database Way
Stay Away From Diminishing Returns
Where's the Search Leading Us?

Part VI: Call The Exterminator: Debugging Web Pages

Chapter 17: Testing, Testing, 1-2-3

Web-Builder, Test Thyself
Iteration, iteration, iteration
Written test plan



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Expect (and Test for) the Unexpected
In Vitrification: Alpha Testing Methodologies
Web page alpha test plan
Introduction
Purpose
Scope
Test overview
Goals
Schedule and resources
System configurations
Test method and evaluation
Performance and functionality testing
Screen appearance
Link operation and content
Forms operation



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Clickable map operation
Limits and boundary checking

Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta: Lining Up Your Testing Team
Alpha
Beta
Gamma

Knowing When to Quit (Testing>

Chapter 18: It Doesn't Matter What YOU Think

Simulation Is Better Than the Real Thing
Browsing Through Your Hard Work
Alpha testers
Beta testers




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Covering All the Bases
Making a List and Checking It Twice
Staying Ahead of the Gremlins
There's Nothing Crazy about a Sanity Check!
Stick It to Me: The Importance of Feedback
Getting the News You Need
Building in a Report Card
Hocus-Pocus, Focus Groups!
Making Friends with Movers and Shakers
Don't Just Listen, Do Something!
Making the Most of Your Audience






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Part VII: Going Public: Serving Up Your Web Pages

Chapter 19: So You've Woven a Web, What Now?

Inviting the World to Your Door
Stay Focused on Your Purpose
Make Sure Your Users Know Who's In Charge!
Publish, or Perish the Thought!
It's good for business...
...and it's good for pleasure!
Back to the content

Dealing and Wheeling: Making Arrangements with a Service Provider
Where to draw the line?
What to work out with your provider



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What else you need to find out:
What they're going to ask you:
Webbing It Yourself: What's That Mean?
Understand the tariffs
UNIX, or no UNIX?
Try though you might, there's no escaping maintenance!

Are You Ready for Success?
The Answer to the Ultimate Question

Chapter 20: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Announcing Your Web Site to the World
Write a "semi-formal" announcement
Where to direct your announcement



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Trolling the USENET newsgroups
Niche or industry publications
The old-fashioned kind of networking

Staying on the Safe Side of Acceptable Use Policies
Giving Value Means Getting Value
Making Sure That Your Web Catches the Right Prey

Chapter 21: The More Things Change...

Quack! Quack: The Two-Dimension Text Trap Redux
Who Says This Bread Is Stale? (The Mold's a Dead Giveaway!)
Check in on your pages regularly, Doctor Web!
Keep your content current!
Do your links point to nowhere?



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