The World Wide Web has become the predominant electronic publishing medium on the planet. Once considered an obscure technical resource, the Internet now receives prominent publicity at sporting events, in presidential debates, in television commercials, and in print advertising and marketing materials everywhere. Without the Web, most people don't consider themselves well connected.
Although people generally start out as consumers of theWeb, many of them eventually want to be contributors as well. People and organizations of every type are using Web technology to represent themselves, attract others, disseminate information, and conduct business of all kinds.
The creators of Web pages and entire Web sites are as diverse as the Web itself. Some have never used a computer before, whereas others are long-time computer experts. Some lean toward the artistic side of Web design, and some tend toward details of implementation. Some have no idea of what constitutes a computer network, and some are experienced Internet specialists.
This book is aimed at intermediate to advanced computer users with an interest in creating individual Web pages and entire Web sites. These readers might need a brief introduction to the mindset of a new program or feature, but seldom need detailed help with fundamentals. They often learn to use software very quickly by trial and error. When it comes to learning basic operations, they find detailed step-by-step instructions simplistic, time-consuming, and frustrating. Questions and problems arise randomly as they explore more and more features of the software and need an accurate reference to explain details and resolve problems. This book provides those introductions and references.