The Bottom Line
If you're looking for a one-stop-shop book for Web building - this is it.
- Very comprehensive
- Excellent reference
- Coverage is not very deep
- Explains browsers and how they affect your Web designs.
- Gives suggestions for handling display issues.
- Provides assistance for print designers to make the jump to the Web.
- Full HTML reference and explanation.
- Covers graphics for the Web, including PNG, JPeG, GIF, using the Web colors, and animation.
- Has chapters on multimedia - sound, video, Flash, and even SMIL.
Guide Review - Web Design in a Nutshell by Jennifer Niederst
This book has the subtitle "A Desktop Quick Reference" - and that is exactly what it is. It covers, in brief, nearly every technology used on the Web. It's more than just a reference, however. It provides suggestions for handling difficult questions that plague Web developers, such as what to do about how different browsers render HTML. It's not really meant to be read cover to cover, but you might find yourself doing exactly that. It is easy to read, and you'll learn a lot about Web development and design. It's more than a design book it's for anyone who puts up Web pages.