HTML Mastery: Semantics, Standards, and Styling

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Why settle for average HTML, when you can become a master of it? Markup is the fabric that holds the web together, but most people only scratch the surface of what can be achieved using (X)HTML.

That’s where this unique book comes in. It’s aimed at web designers and developers who have already mastered the basics of HTML and web design, but want to take their markup further, making it leaner and more semantically rich, for a more efficient, ...

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Overview

Why settle for average HTML, when you can become a master of it? Markup is the fabric that holds the web together, but most people only scratch the surface of what can be achieved using (X)HTML.

That’s where this unique book comes in. It’s aimed at web designers and developers who have already mastered the basics of HTML and web design, but want to take their markup further, making it leaner and more semantically rich, for a more efficient, more usable/accessible web site.

HTML Mastery does all that and more, showing all of the HTML tags available, including less commonly used ones, where and how to use them, and clever styling and scripting techniques that you can employ to take advantage of them on your web site. It is totally standards compliant, up to date with modern web design techniques. Forms and tables are looked in particular detail, as there is so much that can be done with them.

In addition, the book also looks at some of the advanced semantic tools that look to further improve the usability and semantic value of your sitesan entire chapter is devoted to Microformats, and a nod is given to XHTML 2.0 and Web Applications 1.0web standards of the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started
  1. Using the Right Tag for the Right Job
  2. Table Mastery
  3. Form Mastery
  4. Purpose-Built Semantics: Microformats and Other Stories
  5. Recognizing Semantics
  6. Looking Ahead: XHTML 2.0 and Web Applications 1.0
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590597651
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Clawing his way from deepest, darkest Somerset, U.K. upon his coming of age, Paul Haine found himself ironically trapped for another six years on the opposite side of the country in deepest, darkest Kent, learning about web standards during the spare weeks between history lectures. Now residing in East Oxford, he spends his days working for an international publishing company, surrounded by a plethora of Apple-branded hardware, Nintendo kitsch and a truly massive collection of grunge and pixel fonts. Paul also runs his personal blog, JoeBlade.com, alongside his design blog, UnfortunatelyPaul.com. He attends to both of these approximately every six months during the gaps between catching up with his blogroll, and refreshing it to begin reading again.
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Table of Contents

Summary of contents:

  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
  • Chapter 2: Using the Right Tag for the Right Job
  • Chapter 3: Table Mastery
  • Chapter 4: Form Mastery
  • Chapter 5: Purpose-Built Semantics: Microformats and Other Stories
  • Chapter 6: Recognizing Semantics
  • Chapter 7: Looking Ahead: XHTML 2.0 and Web Applications 1.0
  • Appendix A: XHTML As XML
  • Appendix B: Frames, and How to Avoid Them
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2007

    Excellent Read on the Topic of (X)HTML

    Hot on the heels of CSS Mastery (which I also highly recommend) comes HTML Mastery. With several advanced options already available in the CSS and Javascript categories, this informative book is a much needed look/discussion at modern issues surrounding the professional use of HTML. You might being thinking, why do I need an entire book discussing HTML, HTML is simple. If this is sincerely what you believe, then this book is for you. (As a side note this book would also be perfect for any backend developers who are still crafting tag soup. I personally know of a few developers who I wish I could just download this entire book to their memory, Matrix style.) The book starts off with a much needed look at the terminology (tags, elements, attributes, inline, block, etc) that describes the pieces and parts of HTML. The author¿s choice to include (X)HTML terminology early on is a valuable look at the words that describe the language. This terminology chapter aids the reader¿s understanding of the author¿s words throughout the rest of the book. I believe it¿s also what makes it worth purchasing. (I have waited a long time for a book that would teach, and discuss, HTML in both terminology and definition.) With a base of (X)HTML terminology established, the author moves through the rest of the book hitting all the appropriate areas of discussion for the HTML professional (html or xhtml, semantics, professional tag practices, forms, and tables). While this book cannot be compared to, or replace, Jeffery Zeldman¿s Classic book Designing With Web Standards, the author can certainly be credited with expanding the information, and thus continuing the education of web professionals. I highly recommend this book without a single complaint.

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