I’m perplexed.

What ever happened to the 7th Edition of the HTML Definitive Guide?

The next edition was supposed to cover HTML5. It was supposed to be released by now. Those of us who endured the long wait now have to scramble to find other resources. The Definitive Guides and companion Pocket References were once a staple item for web designers / programmers. Now the O'Reilly book series' seem hopelessly broken. What happened?
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  • Tai Hake (Official Rep) July 01, 2014 16:31
    Hi Drill Baby Drill,
    Unfortunately this title was canceled and will not be going to production. Depending on which aspect of HTML5 you are interested in, we do have many other books on the subject, a list of which can be found here:

    http://search.oreilly.com/?i=1;q=HTML...

    Hopefully one of those would be useful to you for your studies.
    Cheers,
    Tai H.
    Customer Service Rep,
    O'Reilly Media
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  • Thank you for your reply, Tai. The beauty of the Definitive Guide series was that you had several comprehensive reference books that each covered a complete subject. And the best attribute of most O'Reilly books is that they cover the subject well in plain English with fewer words, charts, diagrams, side notes, illustrations, and tables. Instead, a carefully worded description and a few lines of sample code are what you find in O'Reilly books which IMHO makes them vastly superior.

    Finding complete answers fast is the name of the game for most programmers. And unfortunately, good reference books must compete against online search engines. But the quality of books today is getting worse by the release. The number of "Dummy Books", "Idiot Guides", and books that promise to teach you rocket science in ten short hours or less, is indeed astounding! I hope that O'Reilly returns to information-based publications. That's what you are famous for.

    TF
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  • I’m frustrated
    I'd been watching and awaiting this one as well. The sixth edition is one of the best books on HTML there is and the first place I turn when I need to look something up. It is disappointing to see that the seventh was canceled in a series that has survived so many editions.
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