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The SGML Handbook Hardcover – February 28, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0198537373 ISBN-10: 0198537379 Edition: annotated edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; annotated edition edition (February 28, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198537379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198537373
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,442,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Goldfarb has prepared a text that should satisfy many budding SGML practitioners, both vendors and users. Contains the complete text of the SGML standard but in a competely new structure that makes it much more readable and acccessible. The Seybold Review The combination of unobtrusiveness and great utility that mark the hypertext system are but one illustration of why this book suceeds. We could also cite the author's understanding of the topic, the clarity of his presentation, even his sense of humor. The Seybold Review

`This book is the one you must have to understand SGML and exploit all its many possibilities.' Computer Books Review

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The inventor of SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This is not the first book you should read about SGML, but if you are going to do any serious development in SGML, you need this on your bookshelf. It contains the entire text of the ISO standard, plus Goldfarb's annotations
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Hales on February 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
you are planning on really getting into the world of SGML. If you are a beginner, or just playing with SGML, this book isn't for you. The book does contain the entire ISO 8879 standard and is extensively cross referenced. After five years using it, I still find it easy to get lost in the references. If you want the final, definative word from the MAN who wrote the standard, this is it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sean Burke on April 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is, regrettably, the one authoritative book on the SGML standard. Given how broad and confusing the SGML standard is, it's not surprising that this book on it is equally opaque -- this is, in my experience, the worst-written technical book I've ever seen that is not actually inaccurate. But if you're doing serious SGML development, you have no choice but to get this book and to spent forever trying to make sense of it.

But beware: if you're doing just XML, and if you think "well, since XML is a form of SGML, I might as well get the SGML standard", don't do it! XML is all you need to know, so just get an XML book-- I happen to like XML Pocket Reference, partly because it's less than one TWENTIETH the price of the SGML standard, and yet it's a hundred times more useful! (Having a copy of the XML spec, from the W3C site, can also be helpful.)

For the kind of money that you could be spending on The SGML Handbook, instead go buy a copy of the Codex Seraphinianus. It's equally indecipherable, but at least it's pretty.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This is a particularly badly written book on a particularly
badly designed and written standard, SGML.

However, SGML is so far the only reasonably universal and
standard way of marking up text, and this is the only
comprehensive treatment of it, including all the peculiar
little bits that you probably should never use. The book
includes the full text of the ISO standard as well as
cross-references and annotation.

The book, like the standard, uses terminology and notation
which are not standard in the rest of computer science. The
tutorial material is weak. The book design is ugly and hard
to read.

Yet SGML, bad as it is, is an important and useful standard,
and this is a comprehensive reference for it. Let us hope
that both the standard and the book will be improved radically
in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Trandafir on June 5, 2010
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This is the book to have if you work with or are just interested in SGML. It is true that XML (which is, of course, a clear improvement over SGML, albeit with some compromises) is now used for all new applications and that SGML is rarely used today, if at all. It is also true that you don't need SGML to fully understand and use XML. However, I always find it fascinating to discover how we got where we are with technology. Reading it not only was a very good mental exercise, it was like reading a history book. And the best part is: you can get it really cheap!
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