The fifth edition of Html And CSS The Complete Reference Book represents a significant change in structure and content to deal with HTML5. The book is comparable to the previous edition in maybe a third of the content; otherwise, it is definitely an all-new effort. Most obviously, as compared to the previous editions, which focused mainly on XHTML and HTML 4, this edition centers on HTML5, which represents both a return to the mark-up past and the unveiling of a thrilling future of Web applications. However, we do retain some information from previous editions because for this work to be truly complete, we mustn’t focus only on the near future but in addition present all the elements supported in browsers today, like the archaic, proprietary and standard (X)HTML tags.
CSS Part of Html And CSS Book
CSS coverage has been expanded greatly to fully cover CSS 2.1 in addition to every proprietary and emerging CSS 3 property supported in a number of popular shipping browsers circa 2009. No value judgment is manufactured; if Internet Explorer has supported a proprietary CSS feature the past decade, it’s included. However, we do avoid presenting CSS features which are truly speculative in great depth but where appropriate, we summarize or present pointers to the emerging syntax.
The ramification of the increased mark-up 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 whole syntax reference for the technologies might have produced a guide well over 2,000 pages.
You will find very solid introductory chapters for the mark-up 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 will go without saying that more mark-up changes to HTML and CSS are inevitable. HTML5, specifically, is a complete moving target, and as opposed to punting onto it, we took the best shot at its first release version since it settled in late 2009.