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HTML and XHTML Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) Third Edition Edition
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Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. Since then, she has worked as the creative director of Songline Studios (a former subsidiary of O'Reilly) and as a freelance designer and consultant since 1996. She is the author of the bestselling "Web Design in a Nutshell" and "Learning Web Design (O'Reilly), and she has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos. In addition to designing, Jennifer enjoys cooking, travel, indie-rock, and making stuff. She maintains her own professional web site at www.littlechair.com as well.
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HTML & XHTML FUNDAMENTALS
How XHTML Differs from HTML
Three Versions of (X)HTML
Minimal Document Structure
DOCTYPEs for Available DTDs
ALPHABETIC LIST OF ELEMENTS
Common Attributes and Events
ASCII Character Set
Nonstandard Entities (,-Y)
Spacing Modifier Letters
Miscellaneous Technical Symbols
Standard Color Names
Contents: HTML and XHTML Fundamentals; Alphabetical List of Elements; Character Entities; Specifying Color
This is a great pocket guide, and exactly what I look for in this type of book. No fluff, just well-documented information that's easy to find, with a small number of examples to show you the format. I really appreciated the documentation on which elements and parameters are deprecated. This comes in really handy if you're looking to code strict XHTML, but you're unsure as to whether a certain feature is going to be supported or not. In most cases, I know the general tag I want to use, but I might be a bit confused as to the exact format of the different arguments. With the pocket guide, I can find that tag in seconds, see the options, and move on. I love it.
The book I've been keeping on my shelf at work for HTML reference is one of those five pound doorstops that covers absolutely everything. The problem is that I have to check the index to find what I need, and I end up using a different book for CSS information. With this pocket guide, I can retire that book, gain more room for other titles, and give my poor shelf a bit of a rest... :)
But these pocket reference books from O'Reilly are great. They aren't for learning, rather they are what they say they are: a pocket reference. (Nice to see some truth in advertising for a change.)
If you buy this book you will use it. A lot. Period.
I also like the notes for each attribute, which are things like "deprecated", "XHTML only", or "Nonstandard". While some people might be used to the "IE attributes vs. other browsers" notes in references like this, this reference makes no mention of browser supportability other than to note "nonstandard" attributes. I like the fact that it sticks to the spec and doesn't go into browser compatibility issues.
It's a super little time-saver, and also makes for a quick read when designing a new page or project, to see if something you haven't used previously could benefit your work.
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Having a guide of this size on hand, it is very useful for quick reference and consultation in the office. Its content seems appropriate and well treated the subject matter. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pablo Zurita
i use this as a reference- packed well- got it on time have not needed for anything, seems out datedPublished 22 months ago by S. A. Miller
Good companion book for Head First HTML and CSS and for general reference use. Why is there a minimum word count requirement?Published on March 16, 2013 by sleepyhead
I needed something quick and easy and not in the way and this little book does the trick. I am a student and I am still learning HTML and XHTML so this manual is very important to... Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Shortymew
This review is based on the Kindle version of the book. Generally, I look at the mid-range opinions of a product, since reviewers tend to be more specific in what they liked, and... Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Marge29