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ISBN 0-471-37486-5
471 pages
September, 2000

Book Outline

The XHTML 1.0 Web Development Sourcebook:
Building Better Sites and Applications

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by Ian S. Graham

The XHTML 1.0 Web Development Sourcebook is a complete guide to the technical and management aspects of Web application development and design. Written as a companion book for The XHTML 1.0 Language and Design Sourcebook, this book is designed to teach you all you need to understand and manage large-scale web Site and Web software development projects, the books' 12 chapters (see below) cover the basics of the core technologies behind the Internet and web development, and explain how they are related. In addition, several chapters provide best-practice guidance for managing Web development projects, based on the author's several years of Web development experience. Finally, each chapter concludes with a detailed reference list of related Web sites, technical books and other resources to help you learn more and keep up-to-date.

Additional Information available at the Web site. Finally, this supporting Web site (available as a downloadable archive) provides much additional information, including: an online version of the book's chapter-by-chapter References; all book code examples in online form; example style sheets; extra material discussing MIME types; and example documents illustrating character and entity references and color names.

Chapter Descriptions

Chapter 1: Markup and Layout Review: XHTML and CSS
A brief introduction to the concepts of markup and style sheet control of rendering, using HTML and CSS as examples.
Chapter 2: The eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
Introduction to XML; A review of XHTML, MathML, SMIL, and other XML dialects; Distributing XML data over the Web; Browsers and XML; Non-browser uses for XML
Chapter 3: Software Processing of XML and HTML
XML processing and parsing; the SAX and DOM programming interfaces, using XSLT, browser processing of HTML; Internet Explorer XML data islands in HTML; Mozilla approaches for doing the same thing.
Chapter 4: Technical Web Page Design
Setting technical page requirements; managing technical aspects of a Web design project; tips for speed optimizations, approaches for cross-browser design (HTML, CSS, and scripting); accessible design, printable design, component-based HTML design
Chapter 5: Web Site Architecture and Design
Linear and Hierarchical Webs; Multimedia and Hypermedia; Themes in site design and implementation; Site design tips; Site indexes and searching; Dynamic content and user tracking
Chapter 6: Web Site Maintenance and Management
Process and management of Web projects; project research, brainstorming, and design; establishing testing procedures; deployment and ongoing maintenance of sites and applications
Chapter 7: Internet Networking
Introduction to the IP protocol; TCP and UDP; IP addresses; domain names, Domain Name System, security and firewalls, IP masquerading; network management and security
Chapter 8: Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)
URL syntax, URL character encoding and escaping; query strings in URLs; common URL schemes; URIs and URNs
Chapter 9: The HTTP Protocol
HTTP 1.0 overview; GET, POST, PUT and HEAD methods; header fields and status codes; cookies; access control and authentication; proxy servers; data encryption. content negotiation
Chapter 10: Data Processing on an HTTP Server
The common gateway interface; CGI examples; CGI and HTML forms; state preservation; cookies; server APIs; servlets; CGI accelerators
Chapter 11: CGI Programming Examples and Parsed HTML
CGI examples; CGI-based client pull and server push animations; CGI programming and security issues; CGI security wrappers; Server-side includes (SSI)
Chapter 12: Web Application Development Tools
Site management tools; content management tools; page scripting environments; web application servers

Supplementary Material -- Found Only at this Web site

Appendix A: Character Sets, Character Encodings, and Document Character Sets
About character sets, encodings, and character /entity references in HTML and XML documents.
Appendix B: Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME)
How MIME works and how it relates to HTTP server and Web application development
Appendix C: Monitoring HTTP Transactions
A description of using the programs telnet, listen, backtalk, and monitor, to monitor HTTP sessions.
Appendix D: HTTP Methods and Header Fields Reference
A reference to the methods, status codes, and header fields supported by HTTP 1.0, HTTP 1.1, WebDAV and transparent content-negotiation.
Appendix E: Apache Parsed HTML
A short specification for the syntax of the Apache parsed HTML environment.

© 2000, by Ian S. Graham Last Modified: 2 September 2000