The "under construction" sign has
been on this book since early 1999, when I signed on to write a
cookbook covering DHTML. While the project has not been underway as
long as Boston's "Big
Dig," it is the longest I have waited for the
technology and real world to catch up with my idea of what such a
book should be. O'Reilly had the patience to let the
subject matter mature and also wait while I wrote the second edition
of Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, which
is a testament to a publishing firm that doesn't
rush about just to publish a title to occupy space on the bookseller
By stroke of luck, the passage of time meant that the unfinished
title fell into the lap of Paula Ferguson, the most knowledgeable and
tireless book editor for whom I've had the pleasure
of writing during my 25-year career. She has edited many of
O'Reilly's most popular and
successful titles, and magically blends the best interests of
publisher, author, and reader into the finished product.
I was also very fortunate to have three additional pairs of watchful
eyes looking over my shoulder to provide technical critiques of the
work in progress. In alphabetical order, Sue Giller, Robert Husted,
and Dori Smith, made countless suggestions that I adopted to improve
the writing and scripting. Thank you times three!
Much of the impetus for selecting the recipes for this book has come
from the scripting public. Having read thousands of online forum
Dynamic HTML books for years, and having observed search queries that
lead visitors to my web site (http://www.dannyg.com), I believe I have
distilled the essence of the needs of most client-side scripters.
Your pain, confusion, and frustration with the technologies have not
gone unnoticed. I hope this book provides the relief and
understanding you crave.