HTML And CSS The Complete Reference 5th Edition

The fifth edition of this book represents a significant change in structure and content to address HTML5. The book is similar to the previous edition in maybe a third of the  content; otherwise, it is an all-new effort.

Most obviously, as compared to the previous  editions, which focused mainly on XHTML and HTML 4, this edition focuses on HTML5, which represents both a return to the markup past and the unveiling of an exciting future of  Web applications.

However, we do retain some information from previous editions because  in order for this work to be truly complete, we must not focus only on the future but also  present all the elements supported in browsers today, including the archaic, proprietary, and  standard (X)HTML tags.

These will still be encountered for years to come, and we want this  book to provide the reference you need in addressing their syntax.

CSS coverage has been expanded greatly to fully cover CSS 2.1 as well as every proprietary  and emerging CSS 3 property supported in one or more popular shipping browsers circa 2009.  No value judgment is made; if Internet Explorer has supported a proprietary CSS feature for  the last decade, it’s included. However, we do avoid presenting CSS features that are truly  speculative in great depth, but where appropriate, we summarize or present pointers to the  emerging syntax.

The ramification of the increased markup and CSS coverage is simply the book doesn’t  have space left to do everything it did before. Teaching nearly everything about HTML and  CSS in prose form and then presenting a complete syntax reference for the technologies  would have produced a book well over 2,000 pages.

We were well on the way to that when we adjusted our efforts to create what you have in your hands, a solid reference book that may be used for years to come.

This isn’t to say that learning material is not present at all.  There are very solid introductory chapters for the markup and CSS sections, which should  succinctly address details and standards issues. There just isn’t a step-by-step cookbook for  each element or property.

Given the maturity of the Web industry, we aimed not for the  complete tutorial, but instead for the complete reference. It should go without saying that more markup changes to HTML and CSS are inevitable.

HTML5, in particular, is a complete moving target, and rather than punting on it, we took  the best shot at its first release version as it settled in late 2009. Because of the inevitable changes given HTML5’s rapid evolution, the support Web site, http://htmlref.com, should  be considered an important bookmark for readers looking for updates or the unavoidable  correction.


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