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    There are so many reference books out there that claim to the "the definitive guide," etc. What has worked for you (and what hasn't?)

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    I don't have one; when the W3C changes the specification every month, I just go online.

    For programming books in general, I love ones by Sams Publishing.
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    There and Back Again :Ogre:

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    I'm with nsr and filburt on this one.

    I go to w3c when I want to see what's new, and w3schools is the only place I go for HTML questions these days.

    However, I already know HTML.

    For someone starting out, I would suggest reading a book (any of them) cover to cover just to absorb the basics. That's what I did when I started out about 6 years ago. After that, augment your knowledge with online resources.

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    By the way, the book I read was a 14 dollar, 600 page book that was black print on crappy brown paper.

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    LOL I don't remember buying any book on HTML.
    There and Back Again :Ogre:

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    Sams Book are the best for straight reference IMO (with the exception of Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24Hours which is of use only to prop the other books on the shelf up - don't bother reading it, it's far too basic and doesn't begin to give you the full scope of implementation).

    O'Reilly's are good for general understanding and implementation but seem to have quite a few typo's in the code snippets. Not good when you're trying to learn a language!

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    Well, for CSS, w3schools' reference beats all hands-down. I saved it locally, though I've memorized it all now. As for HTML, when I first started, I found O'Reilly's HTML Pocket Reference invaluable. You might want to check it out.


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