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HTML and XHTML Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) Third Edition Edition

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Quick, Comprehensive, Indispensible --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Third Edition edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596527276
  • ASIN: B0057DCXQ4
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,319,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Niederst Robbins got started designing for the Web in 1993 as the graphic designer for Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial website published by O'Reilly. She has been writing books about web design since 1995, including Learning Web Design, Web Design in a Nutshell, and the HTML5 Pocket Reference. Jennifer has spoken at many conferences and has taught beginning web design at Massachusetts College of Art and Johnson & Wales University. She now uses her web technology know-how in the design and development of mobile apps and other digital products at O'Reilly Media.

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This pocket reference is not recommended for HTML newbies. Instead, it is for those who are already familiar with XHTML and HTML and just need the facts in a concise format for quick reference. Particularly commendable is that any time a shorthand name for a technology is used, DTD for example, that term is defined completely so that you don't have to go back and forth among several references to look up all associated terminology. It has been four years since a new edition of "HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide" was published, and this little guide does a good job of showing what has changed over the last few years. I recommend it for all who want to keep up-to-date with HTML and XHTML without buying yet another 400 page book. Amazon does not show the table of contents, so I do that here.

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
(X)HTML Elements

CHARACTER ENTITIES
ASCII Character Set
Nonstandard Entities (,-Y)
Latin-1 (ISO-8859-1)
Latin Extended-A
Latin Extended-B
Spacing Modifier Letters
Greek
General Punctuation
Letter-like Symbols
Arrows
Mathematical Operators
Miscellaneous Technical Symbols
Geometric Shapes
Miscellaneous Symbols

SPECIFYING COLORS
RGB Values
Standard Color Names
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My bookshelf at work just got about five pounds lighter with the addition of this book... HTML & XHTML Pocket Reference (3rd Edition) by Jennifer Niederst Robbins.

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... :)
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Large books, by their very nature, can have good points and bad points. After all, if you have a couple or several hundred pages worth of material, you are bound to get some things right and some things wrong.

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.
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I'm a big fan of the O'Reilly Pocket Reference series, but this one was a bit disappointing. While the basic content is there, the book is less than 100 pages and seems to only be a wrapper for three tables defining the common elements, character entities, and colors. Only the first five pages attempt to provide any foundation for the tables. Missing are more general references on forms, tables, scripting or even techniques for relative/absolute addressing. Probably most surprising was the lack of an index. For a pocket reference, that seems a pretty major oversight.
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What kind of a reference book doesn't have an index? Sure, the tag reference is in alphabetical order, but that only helps if you remember what the tag is. Also, I had a brain fart this morning and couldn't remember the exact syntax for a comment (I work with way too many languages)- couldn't find it. That's what a pocket reference is supposed to be for, the little things you can't remember!
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If you understand html/xhtml and have to edit html source code on occasion (but not necessarily what you do all day long), this is a great little reference. The descriptions are useful, but short enough so you're not wading through pages of superfluous verbiage.

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.
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Great little reference book. It is not intended to be a learning tool. If you want that, try the Head First book on HTML/XHTML/CSS that O'Reilly also publishes.

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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