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Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 14:09:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lisa Mann <lisam@oreilly.com>
To: lwn@lwn.net
Subject: HTML: The Definitive Guide covers XHTML

For immediate release
For more information, a review copy, cover art, 
or interview with the authors, contact:
Lisa Mann (707) 829-0515 ext 230 or lisam@oreilly.com

Bestselling "HTML: The Definitive Guide" Now Incorporates XHTML

Sebastopol, CA--XHTML is HTML 4.0 rewritten in XML; it provides the
precision of XML while retaining the flexibility of HTML. O'Reilly's
latest release, "HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition",
brings HTML, XTML and a host of other web technologies together. It is
the most comprehensive book available on HTML and XHTML today.
"Although HTML 4.0 may be the end of one long road to standardization,"
says co-author Chuck Musciano, "it has launched a new journey for web
authors that begins with XHTML 1.0."

"When HTML was originally conceived, no one had any idea it would be so
successful or be asked to handle so many kinds of documents, browsers,
and media," explains Musciano. "While it has borne up admirably under
the demands of web users, HTML 4.0 has stretched as far as it can to
accommodate new technology. While HTML 4.0 is petering out, XHTML 1.0
stands ready to step in, designed to handle almost anything web authors
can dream up."

In "HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide", the authors cover every
element of HTML/XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and
how it interacts with other elements. Many hints about HTML/XHTML style
help you write documents ranging from simple online documentation to
complex presentations. With hundreds of examples, the book gives you
models for writing your own effective web pages and for mastering
advanced features like style sheets and frames.

This new edition of an O'Reilly bestseller covers HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0,
Netscape Navigator 4.72, Internet Explorer 5.0, JavaScript, Style
Sheets, Layers, and all of the features supported by the popular web

What critics and readers said about previous editions:

"We've learned more about HTML from this source than any other. It is
incredibly well written and easy to understand. So many resources tell
you how to create HTML tags, but few tell you why these tags are
applied in the way they are. It's one web-oriented book we can't be
without." -- Photo Electronic Imaging

"An excellent reference book." -- Jennifer Kyrnin, HTML Guide, About.com

"No other HTML book holds a torch to this one. It's not only good for
learning new information, but also for refreshers and for use as a
quick reference. Looking at other HTML books is always disappointing
after using this one. If you want to get better at HTML, and have fun
doing it, this is the book for you." -- Dave Brewer, posted on

"This is possibly the most comprehensive HTML book available
today...The authors discuss every HTML element in detail, explaining
semantics, syntax and variations, while helping you to distinguish
between good and bad HTML usage. If you want to be a HTML master, buy
this book." -- Geoff Choo, Director Solutions webzine

"O'Reilly, the grand poobah of internet reference publishers, gives you
all the HTML reference you need." -- Hotwired

"A thorough introduction to the subject and an excellent reference
book." -- Gregor M.  Novak, Computers in Physics

"This is an excellent, well-written book on HTML, and will be a great
aid for any web author out there." -- The Computer Paper

"This book by Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy is the best book [I've
seen] about HTML. Of all the upcoming thousands of books on that
subject, this one seems to be the most comprehensive and detailed." --
Markus Schnell

"Out of the hundreds of HTML books on the market just one stands out
for completeness and clarity... 'HTML: The Definitive Guide' by Chuck
Musciano & Bill Kennedy. Not only does this book cover HTML well
without treating the reader as if he were a child, it also covers the
major extensions to the HTML language developed by both Netscape and
Microsoft. Clear technical writing, for which O'Reilly & Associates is
known, is what makes this book required reading for every web
master.... I have seen dozens of books about HTML...but this is the
only one that comes close to being the kind of printed documentation
that most computer programming languages come with. An excellent book
which I would, and have, suggested to anyone." -- Greg Kearney, Editor,
Internet Daily News

Chapter 11, Frames, is available free online at:

For more information about the book, including Table of Contents, index, 
author bio, and samples, see:

For an interview with Chuck Musciano, see:

For a cover graphic in jpeg format, go to:

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HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition
By Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy 
4th Edition, August 2000 
0-596-00026-X, 680 pages, $34.95 (US$)