Working with our associate, Amazon.com., ET! Productions has gathered the books we think are tops for developing and polishing Web publishing skills. If you want to build a powerful Web presence, buy a book and read up on the technologies and marketing approaches that have been proven to work. If you need a ready reference to look up those forgotten tags or find the exact syntax, here's the perfect source.
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Opera is a European alternative to the big two. It is an excellent browser, and, as of the 4.x 5.x implementations of the big 2, Opera is a hands-down winner in support for the W3C standards for HTML 4.0 and CSS. The authors of this browser actually implemented the standards instead of inventing their own in an attempt to commercially hijack the Internet. What's more, the big 2 are big in more than just their market share, they gobble up to 20 megs of disk space in a full install. Opera, on the other hand, uses a miserly 2.5 megs. We strongly recommend this browser. You can download a current version by selecting the Opera logo, or this download link. If you already have a current copy, and frames are disabled, you turn frames on by selecting, the "Prefences" menu and then "Multimedia/Extensions/Enable Frames." To display frames pages, make sure that this check box is selected.
Netscape Navigator is part of the Netscape Communicator suite of Internet tools. It is a great browser, but falls short in its support of HTML 4.0 and CSS. Some of the CSS implementations currently in this browser are flawed, producing gibberish in response to perfectly good markup. Because of Netscape and competitor Internet Explorer, HTML authors are often faced with the choice of either using nonstandard markup in order to present the most attractive formatting on their pages, serving pages customized for a particular browser, or living with the less-than-perfect style sheets built into the major browsers. You can download a current version by selecting the Netscape logo, or this download link. If you already have a current copy, frames should be enabled. There is no way to turn them off in the prefereneces settings. If your copy of Netscape doesn't support frames, it's past time to upgrade.
Internet Explorer is Microsoft's free-so-we-can-own-the Internet offering in the browser wars. It is a good browser, but still sports some Microsoft proprietary innovations despite the company's commitment to support the Web Interoperability Pledge. IE5 has much better support for CSS than does NN 4.5, but the program is a bit more buggy than the more mature offerings from Netscape. You can download a current version by selecting the Internet Explorer logo, or this download link. If you already have a current copy, and frames are disabled, it may be time for a reinstall. There is no way to disable frames in current versions of IE.