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HTML Manual of Style: A Clear, Concise Reference for Hypertext Markup Language (including HTML5), F

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Author/s    : Larry Aronson
Publisher   : Addison-Wesley Professional
Category   : Web design, HTML and JavaScript
Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky
Rating        : 8 horseshoes

If someone were just learning HTML/CSS now, what you would you tell him? That's how the "HTML Manual of Style" is written. Not about hobbling together a web page through a tool. But a back to the basics intro. The author covers why clean code is important both for humans and search engine robots.

The book includes the basic HTML 5 features amidst the "old stuff." One thing to watch out for - the section headers say "HTML 5". They don't really mean HTML 5 though. They really mean here's HTML that happens to include HTML 5. This is fine. It is an HTML book and not meant to highlight what is new specifically.

There are lots of short code examples along with showing how a browser renders them. It gives tips for planning, SEO and hosting. I particularly liked the list of <meta> attributes and easy to follow style. I also liked seeing jQuery mentioned.

While the book isn't geared for web developers, it is a nice review. And I think it is a great guide for those starting out. Or those relying on a tool to generate the web page. Or those who still embed style information in their HTML.

Note - while the title was originally about HTML, it has grown to HTML/CSS. The cover could highlight this better.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.

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