Upgrade Your HTML (the Booklet)
Post from November 4, 2019 (↻ March 6, 2022), filed under Web Development.
I’ve written a very short book on improving HTML code: Upgrade Your HTML.
Upgrade Your HTML is about one thing: Picking examples of HTML in the wild, and explaining how to make that code better. Kindly. Constructively. Thoroughly, as finding a balance between detail and brevity permits. For all web developers, though the less you’ve looked at HTML optimization so far, the more you may take out of the booklet.
|Format and Price||Ebook (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), $5.99 (minimum $4.99)|
|Kindle ebook (free app for Android and iOS), $5.99|
|Preview||Select chapters (PDF, 207 KB)|
|Length||27 pages (PDF)|
|Google Play Books|
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HTML is super-popular. Everyone can write HTML. Or can they? In the spirit that everything can be tweaked and optimized, Upgrade Your HTML is a first light book in a playful series to review and improve real-life examples of HTML.
Not shyly but always constructively does Jens Oliver Meiert, someone who has written a lot of HTML and who makes his own life difficult so that he can write even more HTML, go through ten samples to ponder and upgrade the respective markup.
If you’re a web developer, you know HTML. Check out and follow Upgrade Your HTML to nod (or shake your head) exploring old and new problems surrounding uses of the beloved HyperText Markup Language.
→ This is the book if you enjoy the intricacies of working with HTML.
- Respect the
- Stop Escaping
- Think Through Your Markup
- Don’t Double Boolean Attributes
- If It Can Be Done Using an HTTP Header, Use an HTTP Header
- Don’t Use the Classic “clearfix”
- Be Clear About Attribute Functions
- Question Your Frontend Code
- Add Meaning, Prune Meaninglessness
- About the Author
- About Upgrade Your HTML
All ebook formats, with updates, at Leanpub.
❧ I’m immensely grateful for all the help from Kevin Khaw, who reviewed the booklet on technical accuracy, Merci Niebres, who greatly contributed to improving its tone, and Gabriele Kretzschmar for overall editing.
Enjoy the first edition of: Upgrade Your HTML!
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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Perhaps my most comprehensive book: The Web Development Glossary (2020). With explanations and definitions for literally thousands of terms from Web Development and related fields, building on Wikipedia as well as the MDN Web Docs. Available at Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Books, and Leanpub.