HTML Mastery: Semantics, Standards, and Styling
Unlike basic guides, HTML Mastery is crafted for advanced users who want to take their markup further, making it leaner and more semantically rich. HTML Mastery discusses and demonstrates all available HTML tags, including less common ones, explains where and how to use them, and offers styling and scripting techniques that can be employed on sophisticated web sites. The book also explores advanced semantic tools that further improve the usability and semantic value of sites. HTML Mastery devotes an entire chapter to Microformats, and gives the reader a preview of XHTML 2.0 and Web Applications 1.0 — web standards of the future.
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Good information on Microformats but was not as impressed as I wanted to be with the book in that it did not include any practical coding projects or ideas for intuitive real-world application scenarios. Overall I was able to gain a great amount of knowledge from the meat and potatoes of the contents but was left with a bland appreciation for what the HTML 5.0 specification is capable of in contrast to earlier versions of it's release. Being a jaded critic when it comes to technical computing publications however and in good form of defense for the well-aimed intentions & efforts the author undoubtedly put forth to teach such an increasingly semantics-challenged audience I must add that the fine line between "rewarding comprehension" and "enjoyably-read enlightenment" was above average in comparison to other currently published tomes covering this often-overlooked crowning skill.
Three of Five stars from me, the demanding reader with high-expectations for precious money well spent....
Noah Martin Benzing
USING THE RIGHT TAG FOR THE RIGHT JOB
MICROFORMATS AND OTHER STORIES
XHTML 20 AND WEB APPLICATIONS 10
XHTML AS XML
FRAMES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM