The Little Book of Little Books
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The Little Book of Little Books

HTML and CSS Frameworks, Coding Guidelines, Quality Control

About the Book

The Little Book of Little Books consists of three booklets, originally released in 2015 and 2016. They have been lightly updated and edited (with permission and release by the former publisher, O’Reilly).

The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks provides guidance for the development and use of web frameworks. It was written during a time when frameworks were used by linking to their style sheets. While times have changed, it’s the author’s conviction that the principles outlined in the book still hold, and that it provides unique views to the advantage of everyone working with frameworks.

The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines outlines the benefits of coding standards and discusses them on the basis of the Google HTML/CSS Style Guide. It was written during a time when there was little tooling to format code automatically. Back in 2012, the author had revised and published the Google guidelines; many years later, he maintains that the modern frontend developer and their craft still benefit from such standards.

The Little Book of Website Quality Control reviews quality assurance and control and offers a comprehensive collection of tools. It was written during a time when there were few automated testing options, with a focus on web-based manual testing. The author believes this has been one of his weakest books, ponders why he didn’t do better, but likes the idea that, over time, he can make updates that make it a little less shallow.

→ This is the book if you want to travel back in time for a complementary perspective on frameworks, coding guidelines, quality control—and the craft of web development.

About the Author

Jens Oliver Meiert
Jens Oliver Meiert

Jens Oliver Meiert is an engineering lead and author who works as an engineering manager at Miro. He’s an expert in web development, specializing in HTML and CSS minimization and optimization. Jens contributes to technical standards, publishes news and tools on his frontend development outlet, Frontend Dogma, and regularly writes about the craft of web development on his website,

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Little Book of HTML and CSS Frameworks (2015)
    • Introduction
      • Acknowledgments
    • Key Concepts
    • Understanding Frameworks
      • What Is a Framework?
      • Why Frameworks?
      • Types and Uses of Frameworks
      • Popular Frameworks
    • Attributes of a Good Framework
      • 1. A Framework Should Be Tailored
      • 2. A Framework Should Be Usable
      • 3. A Framework Should Be Extensible
    • Using Frameworks
      • Choosing a Framework
      • The Two Ground Rules for Using a Framework
    • Developing Frameworks
      • Principles
      • Prototype
      • Quality Management
      • Maintenance
      • Documentation
      • Logistics
    • Common Problems
      • Lack of Discipline
      • Lack of a Prototype
      • Lack of Maintenance
      • Lack of Accuracy
      • Lack of Guts
    • Summary
  • The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines (2015)
    • Introduction
      • Acknowledgments
    • The Purpose of Coding Guidelines
      • Consistency
      • Usability
      • Collaboration
      • Maintainability
    • Anatomy of a Coding Guideline
      • Structure
      • Priority
    • Approaches to Coding Guidelines
      • Descriptive
      • Prescriptive
      • Descriptive and Prescriptive
    • Decision Process
    • Coding Guidelines in Practice
      • Communication
      • Compliance
      • Reviews
      • Automation
    • Proven HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines
      • General
      • HTML
      • CSS
    • Summary
  • The Little Book of Website Quality Control (2016)
    • Introduction
      • Acknowledgments
    • What Is Quality Control?
    • Why Is Quality Control Important?
    • The Great Website Quality Control Rundown
      • Security
      • Accessibility
      • Usability
      • Performance
      • Functionality
      • Maintainability
      • Semantics
      • Validation
      • Layout and Design Consistency
      • Typography
      • Code Quality
      • Coding Standard Compliance
    • Quality Control in Practice
      • Training
      • Mindset
      • Automation
      • Enforcement
      • Logistics
    • Tools Overview
    • Summary
  • Feedback
  • About the Author
    • The Web Development Glossary (2020)
    • Upgrade Your HTML (2019–2022)
    • CSS Optimization Basics (2018)
    • On Web Development (2015)
    • 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer (2013)
  • About The Little Book of Little Books

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