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HTML Manual of Style: A Clear, Concise Reference for Hypertext Markup Language (including HTML5), Fourth Edition (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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The Classic Web Authoring Guide, Now 100% Updated and Better Than Ever! If it's on the Web, this book will help you create it... "faster, smarter, better!" Don't settle for canned templates or boilerplate designs! Take control, with the classic guide to HTML web authoring...now completely revised for the latest techniques and shortcuts, "including HTML5!" Build it "all."..
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"Contains quick reference guides to HTML elements and CSS properties-including the newest HTML5 and CSS3 improvements!"

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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
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,268,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I have found myself turning to this book again and again. It covers HTML and CSS, and not only explains what each is, but for things, such as input forms, will give code, give an example, and then give a picture of what that example will look like.

It also covers things like blogsites, ebay, wikipedia and even HTML in googledocs. It explains the difference between HTML and HTML5, and easily introduces the new markups.

It's not a sexy book, that's for sure, but if you build a website, if you have a blog you want to customize, including input forms, tables and the like, this is a fantastic resource and a great confidence boost. I honestly am not a designer, just a dabbler, but this book has helped me grow a lot. There's still a ton of information I haven't tackled yet, so it's one to grow with.
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