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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (7 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118356551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118356555
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matt West is a freelance web developer and designer who builds HTML5 websites and web applications for firms around the world.

Matt taught himself how to code while working on open source projects and has since built everything from small business websites to advanced route optimisers.

Matt's mission is to teach people about new and exciting web technologies like HTML5, and help aspiring web designers and developers to get started in the industry.

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TAKE YOUR WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT SKILLS TO A BOLD NEW LEVEL This book takes you beyond the pre–fab themes and basic website building tools found in most HTML books to show you how to transform plain words and static images into amazing websites that draw users in and make them want to stay. Combining equal parts how–to instruction and inspiration–along with dozens of stunning, full–color illustrations–this book gets you up and running in no time, with everything you need to create fully–customized sites featuring all the razzle–dazzle and dynamic content that make the difference between a functional website and a brilliant one. And, like all the books in the Treehouse series, HTML5 Foundations outfits you with everything you need to expand your skill set and broaden your professional horizons. In plain English, master developer Matt West schools you in HTML5 ABC’s, and shows you how to: Create page templates and web pages Structure a website Format text Embed audio and video Use and get the most out of microdata Enhance your site with HTML5 and JavaScript Maintain consistency of style with CSS Store data Use geolocation Packed with dazzling design ideas, expert instruction, and career–making insights from a world–class professional, HTML5 Foundations is a valuable working reference and an indispensable tool of the trade.

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MATT WEST (@MattAntWest) is the founder of Developer City, where he builds HTML5 websites for firms around the world. Matt is a hybrid, dealing with both the design and development of the website projects he works on. Working on open source projects, Matt taught himself how to code and has since built everything from small business websites to advanced route optimizers. Treehouse is a consortium of web and software designers and developers whose mission is to bring affordable technology education to people everywhere, in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world. In keeping with that mission, the Treehouse Series of books are authored by experts and loaded with innovative design ideas and practical skill–building instruction. If you’re a web developer, web designer, hobbyist, or career–changer, every book in the series belongs on your bookshelf.  

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny Ayres on 20 Mar 2014
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The concepts are clearly explained and you're guided through the tutorials while completing a website for a fictional restaurant. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get grips with the basics of HTML from scratch or for the more-experienced who want want to dive into the new features of HTML5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Nunn VINE VOICE on 14 May 2013
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This book covers HTML 5 and related technologies and does so with a thoroughness I have not seen before. The fact that offline storage is covered is for me one of the key areas where it truly excels. The examples are simple to follow and the clear concise text is really helpful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Moses VINE VOICE on 13 April 2013
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I teach web design and I've been aware for a while that I need to introduce my students to HTML5. This is the textbook I'm going to use. If you are a complete beginner, you might be better off with something like Build Your Own Website the Right Way Using HTML and CSS 3rd Edition which will hold your hand a little more. While HTML5 Foundations goes deeper, I think for the beginner it might be less accessible. If you've already got experience with HTML there is just about the right amount of revision here. While the conciseness of the text, for example when introducing the id and class attributes, is to be admired I think if I were a beginner I'd be lost.

As the name of this book suggests it covers HTML, but it also uses CSS, which for the beginner might mean you feel as if you are missing part of the puzzle. You can download the example files and take a look, but they are complex and tricky to work out unless you've studied CSS. The book does suggest where you can learn more about CSS: HTML & CSS: Design and Build Web Sites by Jon Duckett or CSS3 Foundations (Treehouse Book Series) by Ian Lunn.

The scope of this book is broad. In part one it introduces HTML5 and teaches you how to structure a page, creating page templates and the pages themselves. Part two is called Dealing with Data and includes working with forms, enhancing those forms with HTML5, validation, using microdata and ensuring Accessibility.
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Great book, I keep this to hand to look up certain information and it is very useful for that purpose. Often I find the information in this book more suitable than blog posts etc. i find on the same topics. The last book I read on HTML was on version 3.2, that was also published by Wiley and had a similar tone - less technical manual and more conversational, which is certainly appreciated when reading larger sections.

If you are looking to learn HTML as a beginner then I'd certainly recommend using the Amazon look inside feature to get a feel for this book and aid in your purchasing decision.
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Though i would have preferred a more professional real world example than the one use in the book..but the book did more than enough justice on its subject matter..HTML5....i love the way they take you from ground up and i will recommend it to every beginner and also practicing professionals out there...

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By M. Saxby VINE VOICE on 30 May 2013
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Like most of the books in this series, this is a good, clear guide to the subject, in this case HTML5.

It starts with the (very) basics and then progresses through more and more complex applications for HTML5, building on what you've learnt (or know) from earlier chapters.

You could probably pick this book up as a reference, although it's mostly intended as an introductory guide to HTML5 and doesn't assume you have much prior HTML knowledge generally.

As a 'foundation', it seems a great book.
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By Jennifers Daddy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 May 2013
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Although I've been programming for years, I've always been more into the backend/data/business side. I've actively avoided HTML and CSS (as everywhere I have worked has dedicated people who know what they're doing) until now.

In the past, all the IT books I seen to have come across are very very dry, like being in a 3 hour database lecture at University and your eyes start to feel heavy. I never understood that kind of book as with the size and scope of the internet you can find out almost anything, making books almost obsolete. This book is part of the "treehouse" series. It is well presented, not to big and is very easy to read. The examples seem relevant, not to simple and getting more complex. Great.

I would say you do need a bit of background knowledge as the book starts to mention things without explaining what they are (e.g. javascript, but this is covered later in the book) but there's plenty of "dummy" kind of books out there, and you can't mention everything. This is just right!

Many so called web-designers I have worked with in the past don't give a hoot about accessibility, which is basically illegal and wrong. There is a chapter on accessibility which is great (there are other whole books on the subject).

In conclusion its a good concise introduction into HTML5. Recommended.

A great companion for those starting out in a "user interface" career/hobby is the legendary Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
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