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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good information spoiled by writing style
on 4 March 2013
This book is good and the information is useful - it helps to learn the basics quickly. Explanations of HTML5 syntax are usually detailed enough and it doesn't waste too much time on the basics.
However I can't give it 5 stars because of two reasons:
- in some cases a few of the CSS properties are mentioned in detail and then the book says "the rest can be checked on our website". Well, thank you, I'm buying a book because I want to have all information in one place, I know that there are websites that have this information.
- the writing style isn't too good. I'm not an English native speaker and yet my head aches after encountering countless "simply", "basically" and occasional "magically". This basically costs the book another star because simply it makes it irritating to read.
- some of the code listings are repeated several times while the new code is gradually added and explained. It's not a serious flaw, but it makes the book artificially longer than it should be. I would very much prefer to have each listing only once and then to see a reference to a specific section.
Despite these flaws the book is OK and the price to content ratio is good. With some editing the next edition may be very good.