XHTML 1.0 Language and Design Sourcebook
In XHTML 1.0 Language and Design Sourcebook, author Ian Graham essentially provides a re-write of his earlier HTML 4.0 Sourcebook geared toward XHTML 1.0 compliance. And like his previous book, this new title is written for Web designers. Web developers looking for code interacting with XHTML should consider Graham s XHTML 1.0 Web Development Sourcebook instead. Unlike his earlier book, Graham s new title emphasizes Cascading Style Sheets and strict adherence to page design principles.
Although XHTML 1.0 provides good, valid information about this recently approved way of leveraging HTML for today s most progressive Web sites, there are blemishes. The book spends little time on defining the scope or demonstrating compelling examples that strongly illustrate the advantages of using XHTML. Another problem: Graham s new book lifts some content and even illustrations directly from HTML 4.0 Sourcebook. In this case, the new XHTML material could easily have been provided as an addendum to HTML 4.0 Sourcebook readers at half the size of this book. One improvement I was pleased to see compared to Graham s HTML 4.0 Sourcebook was the inclusion of printed appendices. Unfortunately, these extra pages are very thin on quality information, and there is still no table listing (X)HTML special characters. (In my opinion this is a must-have appendix that should appear in any book that advertises itself as a source book.)
XHTML 1.0 might appeal more to first-time Web designers than to seasoned veterans of Web syntax. Owners of HTML 4.0 Sourcebook could probably turn instead to XHTML tutorials on the Web for a good portion of what the new, additional material provides.
XHTML 1.0 Language and Design Sourcebook by Ian S. Graham, Wiley Computer Publishing, http://www.wiley.com/compbooks.
Cover Price: US$39.99