The book is both a good read and gives a good indepth overview of HTML (including XHTML and XML) as well as having a really good emphasis on semantics including a useful section on Microformats.
The individual chapters on both tables and forms in HTML were worth buying the book for alone and although aspects of these chapters are covered in other books I’ve read, like ‘CSS Mastery’ by Andy Budd, this book definitely gives the most comprehensive overview.
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