Upgrade Your HTML IV

Published on November 27, 2022 (↻ May 26, 2024), filed under (RSS feed for all categories).

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HTML forms the heart of the Web. The beautiful thing is, HTML is easy to learn. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to master—a lot more difficult than people say, as we can tell from the markup we find on people’s websites. In the Upgrade Your HTML series, I’m taking examples of HTML, discuss these examples, and make them a little better (and more compact). I’m excited to announce the fourth book of the series.

Format and price Ebook (EPUB and PDF), $4.99
Kindle ebook (free app for Android and iOS), $4.99
Extras Foreword by Simon Pieters
Preview Select chapters (PDF, 274 KB)
Length 39 pages (PDF)
Sellers Amazon
Apple Books
Google Play Books
Leanpub (higher price set by Leanpub, but including donation)
Latest version 1.1.1 (bought the book, but reading an old version? contact me, maybe I can help)

This book is part of a series: Explore Upgrade Your HTML at Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Books, and Leanpub.


The cover of “Upgrade Your HTML IV.”

Upgrade Your HTML is the book series for HTML craftspeople and minimalists.

In Upgrade Your HTML IV, HTML and CSS optimizer Jens Oliver Meiert takes 10 more examples of HTML from actual websites in order to analyze, explain, and improve the respective markup.

Apart from discussing the appropriate use and the subtleties of HTML elements, this edition covers general topics like conformance, maintainability, and the balancing of optimization vectors. It also covers topics like attribute minimization, void elements, metadata, table buttons and button links, and even CSS art.

“Optimizing and minimizing HTML and checking if there are more appropriate elements or attributes to use is a helpful exercise, because it can improve accessibility while you learn about new features.”—Simon Pieters

→ This is the book if you enjoy the intricacies of working with HTML.

The outline:

  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • Intro
  • Write HTML
  • Aim for a Good Balance
  • Fight Divitis
  • Stop Closing Void Elements
  • Minimize Attributes
  • Beware Metadata Madness
  • Question Table Buttons
  • Question Button Links
  • Try to Do Without
  • De-Duplicate Content
  • Challenge Yourself, Even When It’s Art
  • Outro
  • Feedback
  • About the Author
  • About Upgrade Your HTML IV

❧ I’m happy with how this book turned out, which is in large part due to the support I received from Simon Pieters (who reviewed the manuscript and wrote the foreword), Jad Joubran (who reviewed), and Kirsty MacRae (who edited). Thank you so much!

Enjoy the new part of the series: Upgrade Your HTML IV!

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About Me

Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens (long: Jens Oliver Meiert), and I’m a frontend engineering leader and tech author/publisher. I’ve worked as a technical lead for companies like Google and as an engineering manager for companies like Miro, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly and Frontend Dogma.

I love trying things, not only in web development (and engineering management), but also in other areas like philosophy. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.

If you want to do me a favor, interpret charitably (I speak three languages, and they can collide), yet be critical and give feedback for me to learn and improve. Thank you!