The 2nd Edition was 195 pages, the 3rd Edition was 304 pages, the 4th Edition was 430 pages, and the 5th Edition is 498 pages, so we've added a significant amount of new material in every new edition.
We also incorporated many of the excellent suggestions we got from the readers of the previous editions, to whom we are indebted. We're especially happy with one big change that appeard in the 4th Edition and remains in the 5th Edition; in the reference section in the back of the book, the Object Flowchart and the Object Table are now printed in glorious color, making it lots easier to see which objects work in which browsers.
What's the Student Edition? What are the differences between it and the regular edition?
The Student Edition is a special edition of the 5th Edition that includes everything in that edition, plus exercises and review materials for each chapter. We did it at Peachpit's request, because the book is in such widespread use in colleges and universities. Each chapter contains the following:
Your errata page and FAQ page say that your book is 498 pages long, but my copy's only 494 pages. What's up with that?
You have the Student Edition, which for reasons known only to layout artists is 4 pages shorter, but contains all the same info (plus the exercises and review quesions). The errata on page 498 of the 5th Edition was fixed in the Student Edition, otherwise, the two are identical up to page 478.
Yes. You'll find it on the Scripts page of this site. Of course, you can still copy and paste individual scripts.
There are three cases where we haven't made scripts available for download:
Between teaching and working on our next books, we're not taking on any consulting projects at this time. Thanks for asking, though.
No. If we did, we would never have time to write our next books. And you wouldn't learn as much.
Sorry, no. Go talk to the author of the other book.
Again, we can't, because we get so much mail that we would never get new work done. We can recommend a really good HTML book, though; it's HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition, by our friend Elizabeth Castro. Clicking that link and buying that book from Amazon makes both us and Liz happy. Special note for the cat fancier: our cat Pixel is prominently featured on Page 119.
Sure you can. We just can't promise to answer individual questions, because of the time it takes. We will put frequently asked questions (and their answers!) here on this page as they come in.
Use the email address found in the book at the end of the Introduction. We read all mail sent to that address, though we can't guarantee a personal reply to every message. We regret that because of the large volume of email that we get, we cannot answer email about the book sent to our personal email addresses.
Not in this world of viruses being spread with email attachments. We've already been sent viruses by accident (or at least, they said it was an accident); we don't want any more. So we never open any files sent to us by people we don't know. Instead, you should post your pages on the Web, then send us the URL so we can take a look at the problem. We trust you, of course; it's the other guys that made us come up with this rule.
Most of the questions we get have to do with image manipulation: rollovers, banners, etc. It's difficult to debug scripts that involve images without having the images available, as quite often, the problem has to do with the way the images are referenced (e.g., directory structure issues, proper capitalization issues). So again, please, send us a URL of the problem page, and we'll be happy to take a look at it.
If you use the code from our book, we're happy to help you. However, if you use the code from our book and ask Macromedia or Adobe for help, they'll require you to start using their products first.
We have to ask the same thing. If you have a problem with an Adobe product, please contact Adobe. If you have a problem with a Macromedia product, please contact Macromedia. And if you have a problem with our code, please contact us. But the two of us can't afford to give multi-million dollar software companies free support for their products.
Actually, those scripts work just fine in IE... when they're put on the web. There's a problem in IE where they don't work when run from your local hard drive. And unfortunately, that's an IE bug, and not one that we can fix. Given, though, that once you upload it to your site they all work fine, it hasn't actually inconvenienced anyone.
How do I run the scripts in Chapter 18?
The scripts in Chapter 18 are not standalone scripts; they are bookmarklets. If you go to the Scripts page, you can drag each script by clicking and dragging on its name to either the personal toolbar or Favorites bar in your browser.