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Title:
Who's afraid of Web page design?
Author:
Tapley, Rebecca.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Morgan Kaufmann, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxiii, 422 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780126836202
Format :
Book

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Summary

This work is for anyone familiar with computers who want to create Web pages. Readers begin by learning how to organize and plan a Web site before easing into HTML with increasingly sophisticated lessons. Being able to program a page with HTML does not equate to creating a functional, attractive and compelling Web site.


Author Notes

Rebecca Tapley is a web page designer, author, and trainer working in the field of information architecture.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Letter from a Novicep. xix
Thanksp. xxi
About the Authorp. xxiii
Chapter 1 Prologue: An Introduction to Web Page Designp. 1
An Introduction to Writing HTMLp. 5
Text, Graphics, and Linksp. 7
Lists, Tables, and Formsp. 7
Audio, Video, Animation, and VRMLp. 8
Dynamic HTML, Style Sheets, and JavaScriptp. 10
On with the Showp. 11
Chapter 2 System Fundamentalsp. 13
System Requirementsp. 13
Hardware Requirementsp. 16
Monitorsp. 17
Computersp. 17
Modemsp. 19
Scanners and Such: The Christmas Listp. 22
Software Requirementsp. 23
Browsersp. 24
HTML Editorsp. 28
Image Softwarep. 30
The Don't-Wait-for-Christmas List: Other Useful Utilitiesp. 31
Plug-Insp. 32
Other Requirementsp. 33
Reviewp. 34
On with the Showp. 35
Chapter 3 Basics of Site Creationp. 37
Definitionsp. 38
Objectivesp. 39
The Five Wsp. 39
Building the Frameworkp. 50
The "Under-Construction" (UC) Pagep. 50
The Entrywayp. 51
The Home Pagep. 52
The Secondary Pagesp. 53
Navigation among Basic Pagesp. 55
The Exit Pagep. 55
Exercisesp. 56
Reviewp. 57
"Answers" to the Exercisesp. 58
On with the Showp. 60
Chapter 4 More Basics of Site Creationp. 61
Definitionsp. 61
Objectivesp. 62
The Lone H: How?p. 62
How Do You Want Your Pages Constructed?p. 62
The "Rating" Systemp. 64
Common Site Design Stylesp. 65
Sites Using Effective Backgrounds: The VFp. 65
Sites Built around Textp. 72
Sites Using Effective Graphicsp. 80
Sites Using Effective GIF Animations, JavaScripts, and Other Cool Stuffp. 90
Sites Using Style Sheetsp. 98
Exercisep. 106
Reviewp. 108
"Answers" to the Exercisep. 109
On with the Showp. 111
Chapter 5 Preparing Web Graphicsp. 113
Definitionsp. 114
Objectivesp. 116
Resolution, Color Values, and Other Scientific Stuffp. 116
Resolutionp. 117
Palettes and RGB Colorp. 118
Available Graphics Formatsp. 119
The GIFp. 120
The JPEG/JFIFp. 120
The PNGp. 121
Tricks of the Trade: Optimization Techniquesp. 122
Compressionp. 124
Exercisesp. 126
Creating GIFsp. 127
JPEGsp. 130
Interlacing a Graphicp. 133
Reviewp. 134
"Answers" to the Exercisesp. 135
On with the Showp. 136
Chapter 6 Advanced Graphics Techniquesp. 137
Definitionsp. 137
Objectivesp. 139
Exercises: Creating Web Artwork from Scratchp. 140
Drop Shadowsp. 141
Applying Textures and Filtersp. 147
Neonp. 151
Halop. 152
Contrast Glowp. 153
Plasticsp. 154
Creating Patterns and Textures from Filtersp. 158
Altering Patterns and Textures with Filtersp. 161
Meta-Exercises: Preparing Artwork for the Webp. 164
The Prelude: Scanning Artworkp. 164
Extracting Textures and Other Elementsp. 167
Assembling Extracted Elementsp. 176
Reviewp. 182
"Answers" to the Exercisesp. 183
On with the Showp. 183
Chapter 7 Preparing Web Colorsp. 185
Definitionsp. 185
Objectivesp. 188
Color My World (Wide Web)p. 189
Hexadecimal Valuesp. 189
Color Namesp. 190
Hue, Value, and Saturationp. 191
Brightness and Contrastp. 193
Texture and Noisep. 194
Exercisesp. 195
Background Patternsp. 196
Selecting Background and Text Colorsp. 199
Choosing a Graphics-Intensive Palettep. 202
More Exercisesp. 203
"Answers" to the Exercisesp. 204
Reviewp. 207
On with the Showp. 208
Chapter 8 Positioning Elements with HTMLp. 209
Definitionsp. 209
Objectivesp. 210
The "Basic" Web Pagep. 211
Important [HEAD] Elementsp. 216
Important [BODY] Elementsp. 219
Simple Positioning with [BODY] Tagsp. 219
Positioning with the "pixel.gif" Trickp. 226
Positioning with the [TABLE] Tagp. 229
Positioning with Framesp. 239
Reviewp. 251
"Answers" to the Exercisesp. 252
On with the Showp. 255
Chapter 9 Positioning Text with HTMLp. 257
Definitionsp. 257
Objectivesp. 259
Plain Text, [BASEFONT], and [FONT]p. 259
The SIZE Attributep. 263
The COLOR Attributep. 267
The FACE Attributep. 271
Listsp. 276
Formsp. 280
The [FORM] Tagp. 282
The [INPUT] Tagp. 283
The [SELECT], [OPTION], and [TEXTAREA] Tagsp. 285
Building Well-Designed Formsp. 286
Exercisesp. 291
Embellishing Plain Textp. 291
Incorporating Effective List Textp. 298
Designing with Formsp. 307
"Answers" to the Exercisesp. 312
Reviewp. 319
On with the Showp. 319
Chapter 10 Adding Multimedia and Morep. 321
Definitionsp. 321
Objectivesp. 322
Designing with Multimedia Linksp. 323
Audio Linksp. 323
Video Linksp. 324
VRML Worldsp. 326
Multimedia HTMLp. 328
The [EMBED] Tagp. 329
The [A] Tagp. 333
The [IMG] Tagp. 334
GIF Animationsp. 339
Using GIF Animator (Windows)p. 340
Using GIFBuilder (Macintosh)p. 342
Exercisesp. 344
Adding Video and Audio Linksp. 344
GIF Animation #1: The Tax Time Marqueep. 347
GIF Animation #2: The Gallery Entrywayp. 349
"Answers" to the Exercisesp. 353
Reviewp. 355
On with the Showp. 356
Chapter 11 Epiloguep. 357
Additional "Exercises"p. 357
The Personal Site: Meet the Doesp. 358
The Informational Site: The Historic House Style Galleryp. 358
The Business Site: Mula Dinero and Cash, Accountantsp. 358
Site Maintenance QandAp. 359
How Often Should I Update Information on My Web Site?p. 359
How Often Should I Add New Technologies to My Web Site?p. 360
How Often Should I Redesign My Site Entirely?p. 361
Reviewp. 362
Planning a Sitep. 362
Graphicsp. 363
Colorp. 363
HTMLp. 364
Framesp. 365
Crossplatform Issuesp. 365
Formsp. 365
Multimediap. 365
What's Left?p. 366
Appendix A Adding DHTML: JavaScript, Style Sheets, and Morep. 371
Appendix B The Gallery: A Sneak Peekp. 415
Indexp. 417

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