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



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

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If it’s for 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 right…

  • Well-planned and well-organized
  • Easy to navigate
  • Fun to read, view, and use
  • Search engine-friendly and findable
  • Reliable and consistent
  • Easy to update and maintain
  • Compatible with any browser

Build it all…

  • Websites and pages
  • Wiki articles
  • Web services and ecommerce
  • eBay pages
  • Blog posts
  • HTML email
  • And much more!

Contains quick reference guides to HTML elements and CSS properties–including the newest HTML5 and CSS3 improvements!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321712080
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xii

About the Author xiii

Preface xiv

Chapter 1 HTML and the Web 2

HTML: The Language of the Web 3

A Bit of Web History 7

Hypertext Content and Online Media 11

Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) 11

Web Browsers and Servers 12

The Web Bestiary 15

HTML5 and Web Standards 19

Do We All Have to Learn HTML5 Now? 21

Chapter 2 The HTML Language 24

Language Overview 25

Page Structure and the DOM 31

HTML5 Syntax 35

Comments 35

Character Entities 36

Markup Elements 37

HTML5 Semantics 40

HTML Attributes 51

Event Handlers 55

Block Elements 57

Headings 57

Paragraphs, Block Quotes, and Address Blocks 61

Lists 67

Division and Section Elements 73

Tables 77

Links and Anchors 85

Uniform Resource Locators 86

Anchor States 88

Anchor Attributes 89

Inline Images 90

Audio and Video 95

Input Forms 99

The HTML5 Canvas 110

Chapter 3 Elements of Style 114

Cascading Style Sheets 115

CSS Selectors 119

Pseudo-Classes and Pseudo-Elements 124

Typography 128

Font Style 131

Font Weight 131

Font Variant 132

Font Size 132

Font 136

Colors 138

Background Properties 141

Text Properties 144

text-align 144

text-decoration 144

text-indent 146

text-transform 146

line-height 146

Letter and Word Spacing 148

white space 150

vertical-align 150

Box Properties 152

Height and Width 153

Margins and Padding 154

Borders 157

List Styles 161

CSS Positioning 166

Other CSS Properties 171

Display and Visibility 172

Overflow 177

Float and Clear 177

Chapter 4 Using HTML 180

Tools of the Trade 182

Blogging 185

Google Docs 192

eBay Selling 198

Wikipedia 200

HTML Email 203

Chapter 5 Building Websites 208

Development Approaches 209

Content or Service Site? 211

Static or Dynamic Content? 212

Target Audience 212

Money 213

The Future 214

Websites 215

cgi-bin 218

logs 219

public_html 220

Other Website Files 221

Organization and Navigation 224

Files and Directories 224

Page Layout 225

Navigation 228

Imagemaps 235

Toggles and Accordions 237

Tabbed Content Sections 240

Opening New Windows 246

Page Head Information 249

meta Elements 249

link Elements 251

Other Head Elements 254

Search Engine Optimization 256

Avoiding Common Mistakes 261

Designing the Presentation Before the Information Architecture 261

Using Outdated Tools and Construction Methods 262

Not Validating the HTML and CSS 263

Not Testing in Different Browsers 264

Not Putting in Enough Comments 265

Appendix A: HTML5 Quick Reference 267

Root Element 268

Document Head Elements 268

Section Elements 269

Heading Elements 270

Block Elements 270

List Elements 271

Inline Elements 271

Embedded Elements 273

Table Elements 275

Form and Control Elements 276

Legacy Elements 277

Appendix B: CSS Properties 279

Explanation of Values 279

CSS Properties 280

Aural Properties 300

Index 305

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