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Larry Aronson is a systems engineer who helps people and computers understand each other better and work together more productively. He designs, builds, and maintains websites, and consults with individuals and small businesses. Aronson wrote the original HTML Manual of Style, one of the first bestselling HTML books. He cochaired the New York Macintosh Users’ Group’s Internet SIG in the ’80s, cofounded the World Wide Web Artists’ Consortium in the ’90s, and is a founding member of the Social Media Club.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 4 edition (October 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321712080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321712080
  • ASIN: 0321712080
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,034,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Aronson is a Web developer and Internet business consultant with over four decades of experience designing and developing computer applications. A graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with degrees in Computer Science and Psychology, Larry began his professional career as an Assistant Systems Engineer with IBM's Chicago manufacturing branch office.

Larry moved to New York City in the early 1970s and worked for the User Services department of Columbia University while pursuing his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science. He then worked a number of years for Boeing Computer Services, starting as a Technical Sales Representative and working his way up to Tech Manager of BCS New York before leaving to start his own consulting company.

As president of Larry Aronson Associates, Larry's major clients were the CBS News Election Unit, where he wrote major segments of the election system, and the Mobil Oil company, where he was the principal programmer responsible for migrating their safety data publishing system to a relational database management system and graphical, data entry and display technology.

In late 1993, Larry discovered the World Wide Web and became active in its newsgroups and discussion lists. He wrote the first book on Web publishing, "HTML Manual of Style," (Ziff-Davis Press, 1994) and based on its success, began teaching HTML around the country and online, creating and conducting online classes for Ziff-Davis University on CompuServe.

Larry lives in a Manhattan loft in the heart of "Silicon Alley" and devotes his time to building Web applications for individuals and small business; helping people work and live on the World Wide Web. He was a founder of the World Wide Web Artist's Consortium, a board member of the New York Software Industries Association and a founding member of the Social Media Club.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Boyarsky on November 22, 2010
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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.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stinnett VINE VOICE on February 16, 2011
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I purchased the original edition of this book many moons ago back in college. When the web and HTML was just getting started it was my guidebook to helping me master HTML. The years have gone by, and it seems as if HTML coding has fallen out of style for more modern database-driven, stylesheet induced, pre-packaged web solutions. However, many people still like to "code by hand" and enjoy customizing their personal and professional web sites with their own personality. That's where this book comes into play -- it is an essential primer for anyone who wants to know more about HTML. It's not the end-all, be-all of HTML coding -- but it will teach you a lot about using HTML (and stylesheets) to design and layout your web pages. Think of it not as the Encyclopedia, but rather the abridged dictionary of HTML.

It's one of those books that doesn't have to be hundreds of pages long to make its point. It has enough clear, concise examples to be useful without being too much information and acronym overload.

I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to get back into the "art" of customizing their web sites. It's a true classic that keeps getting better with each new edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs B VINE VOICE on March 20, 2012
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I've dabbled in HTML (mainly for creating and writing blogs) and have always wanted to learn more and also understand the why behind the how. Writing code (to be frank) intimidates me. My boyfriend used to write software and he has quite the library of encyclopedia-sized guides. They could just as well have been in Latin for all I understand of them. The HTML Manual of Style was the perfect book for me. It touches on JavaScript on jQuery as well. I really appreciated how the information was outlined and presented in fairly easy to understand terms. This is really by no means a comprehensive look at HTML/HTML5 but it certainly is a great reference. I made lots of highlights and notes for use when/if I get back into blogging.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tachi1 VINE VOICE on February 10, 2011
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It is important to get a book that addresses your needs, and functions at your level or maybe slightly above it. I'm not sure what the level of this book is, exactly. In some respects (in the way it carefully explains code examples, the basic structure of an HTML page, etc.) a complete amateur would find it comfortable. But then it throws in terms and functions that were not gradually built up to in the middle of an otherwise basic explanation. A complete amateur isn't even close to considering java script in Chapter 2, for example. This book presents and overwhelming amount of information--all interesting--but not all `need-to-know-now' for the person who is simply interested in building a website.

The author and I are on completely different pages: he writes code straight from his head; has never used any programs to contain (or limit) his projects; he's been doing so for eons and saw the development of the internet from the beginning; he even knows where it's going. He fully understands the big picture (and does a pretty exceptional job of explaining it.) That's all well and good if the history, philosophy, and technological projections of the internet are what you want to learn about at this point.

I, on the other hand, have a website that somebody else built for me using GoLive and which I have maintained for 10 years using Front Page. I now need to rebuild it keeping some elements I like. I'm not finding it to be a happy experience. I've also built two simple template-based websites using Dreamweaver and they work, but they were much easier than what I'm trying to do now. I have had my hand held by a structured web-creation program every step of the way and that's fine with me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Cass VINE VOICE on February 25, 2011
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I mention 'programmers' because I think this book assumes some comfort level with the HTML markup language. In other words, if you build your web pages in a WYSIWYG editor like Word, Dreamweaver or Front Page, then this book may not be of interest to you. But if you are able and willing to get into the HTML markup language, then I think you will gain a lot from reading this book. The format of the book is to take you from 'the beginning' of HTML, its history and evolution, to simple HTML syntax and formatting (like the purpose/use of <HEAD>, ) and progressing on through markup basics like headings (<H1>, <H2>), lists (<UL>, <LI>), and then into both inline and CSS type style (<style>, <link>). If you are into tweaking and playing with web pages to personalize, this is for you - make your links green instead of blue, make your own horizontal button bars, etc. If you are a web developer already, then this book may seem simplistic to you, but you may be able to pick up some tips and tricks.

Personally, I can create and edit HTML and have created many web pages since the mid 1990s, but I really didn't understand the full depth of options available, especially when it comes to CSS. So I am reading this book front to back and also expect it will be a handy reference if I have a quick question about a certain attribute or property. Of course, you can find this information on the web in various places, but I do like having a physical book to reference as well. I also appreciate the chapters on Web Site Development and Search Engine Optimization, since I am maintaining a couple web sites. I think this book will help me develop more interesting pages in the future.
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