HTML Mastery: Semantics, Standards, and Styling

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Apress, Mar 1, 2007 - Computers - 248 pages

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
 

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Contents

GETTING STARTED
3
USING THE RIGHT TAG FOR THE RIGHT JOB
21
TABLE MASTERY
59
FORM MASTERY
87
MICROFORMATS AND OTHER STORIES
117
RECOGNIZING SEMANTICS
157
XHTML 20 AND WEB APPLICATIONS 10
185
XHTML AS XML
193
FRAMES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
205
INDEX
217
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Clawing his way from deepest, darkest Somerset, U.K. upon his coming of age, Paul Haine found himself ironically trapped for another six years on the opposite side of the country in deepest, darkest Kent, learning about web standards during the spare weeks between history lectures. Now residing in East Oxford, he spends his days working for an international publishing company, surrounded by a plethora of Apple-branded hardware, Nintendo kitsch and a truly massive collection of grunge and pixel fonts. Paul also runs his personal blog, JoeBlade.com, alongside his design blog, UnfortunatelyPaul.com. He attends to both of these approximately every six months during the gaps between catching up with his blogroll, and refreshing it to begin reading again.

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