DHTML Utopia: Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM reviewed by Robert 
Author: Stuart Langridge 
Simon Willison, Technical Editor 
SitePoint Pty. Ltd.  
Released: May 2005 
Pages: 318 
$40 USD, $56 CND,  28 GBP,  35 Euro  
ISBN: 0957921896 
Requirements: A desire to create Dynamic websites and 
previous knowledge on JavaScripting, CSSing and HTMLing. 
Strengths: Offers coding examples for Dynamic HTML in a 
cross browser friendly environment. 
Weaknesses:  Some coding could use more explanation. 
DHTML Utopia: Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM by Stuart Langridge and 
Technical Editor Simon Willison takes the static out of web design and makes it dynamic. 
This is a techy geeky book that requires some previous knowledge on the topic to be able to get 
through it. And it requires hands on to walk through the examples. Grab the first 4 chapters 
online to see what I mean. 
What makes this fun to read is that it opens up the world of JavaScripting in a way that you  get 
it  and want to jump right in and try things. 
There are 10 chapters on DHTML technologies, the Document Object Model (DOM), handling 
DOM events, detecting browser features, animation (yes!), forms and validation (double yes!!), 
advanced concepts and menus, remote scripting, communicating with the server and DOM 
alternatives XPath.  
If you want the Codes from the Code Archive, you need to buy the book, and get the magic word 
asked for at 
 as a .zip file. 
Learn how to make code work nicely (unobtrusively) in many of the most used browsers and a 
few famous websites (Google, Flickr, GMail, etc.) 
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