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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Nixon Publishing (31 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956895611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956895615
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,174,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robin has over 30 years experience of writing software, and developing websites and apps. He also has an extensive history of writing about computers and technology, with a portfolio of over 500 published magazine articles and almost 30 books, many of which have been translated into other languages. He is also a prolific Internet video course instructor.

As well as IT, his interests include psychology and motivation (which he also writes about), artificial intelligence research, many types of music (both playing and listening to), playing and creating board games, studying philosophy and culture, and enjoying good food and drink (following a 'Paleo' diet, which has resulted in 40 pounds weight loss).

Robin lives on the south-east coast of England (where he writes full time), along with his five children and wife, Julie (a trained nurse and university lecturer). Between them they also foster three disabled children. You can keep up with Robin's (sporadic) posts via his website at robinnixon.com

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From the Author

My name's Robin Nixon and I'm the author of Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript, one of the best-selling web development books of the last few years. With this new book I wanted to apply the same philosphy to teaching HTML5 (using the same stimulating and easy to read style) so that everyone can make use of its great new features.

As you probably know by now HTML5 isn't any one upgrade to HTML. Rather it's a collection of items that came together at roughly the same time and ended up being called HTML5 - and this course has been written in 20 self-contained lectures that should take you less than 20 hours to learn. In Robin Nixon's HTML5 Crash Course you'll learn about major new technologies such as the canvas, geolocation, audio and video, as well as the new extensions made to HTML forms, microdata and web workers. Collectively all these things have become known as HTML5, and as a web developer you need to know what they are and how to use them.

With this book you'll be right at home as I introduce all the HTML extensions that have been added to HTML5 one by one, with plenty of examples, and you won't find the going tough learning to use the features that require JavaScript, because I introduce just the essential code needed to make the HTML5 technologies function. It's basically cut and paste. I'm certain that you will find that Robin Nixon's HTML5 Crash Course reveals in detail how the powerful new HTML5 features work - giving you all the details you need to knit them into fast, tight and compelling web pages.

About the Author

Robin Nixon is a motivational and technical author who has written over ten books for publishers such as O'Reilly, McGraw-Hill and Wiley, and in excess of 500 magazine articles. He is also the founder of Nixon Publishing.

In 1995 he started the world's first licensed Internet radio station. As well as attracting the attention of Microsoft, who helped him to develop the audio player, as a result of which he was interviewed by BBC2 TV who came to film the operation he had set up.

Robin has been the director of several Internet and software development companies in both the UK and US, and has in excess of 15 years' experience with developing for the Internet. He lives on the South East coast of England with his wife, a trained psychiatric nurse and university lecturer on Autism, five children and three disabled foster children.

Other books by Robin Nixon:

  • The PC Companion, Sigma 1993
  • The Amstrad Notepad Advanced User Guide, Sigma 1993
  • Learning PHP, MySQL and JavaScript, O'Reilly 2009
  • Ubuntu: Up and Running, O'Reilly 2010
  • Plug-in PHP, McGraw-Hill 2010
  • Plug-in JavaScript, McGraw-Hill 2010
  • Plug-in CSS, McGraw-Hill 2011
  • HTML5 For iOS And Android, McGraw-Hill, 2011
  • Creative Visualization For Dummies, Wiley 2011


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I bought this as a start in html. It started well except for needing more accurate proof reading, and I was able to start writing html. However around about chap 4 the problems started to be more serious. Placing an image (for example), yes the detail of positioning, aligning was OK but no example of just simply placing an image. This threw me and I hunted through web helps etc and cracked it, but from then on more gaps appeared in the lectures although you can sometimes come across an explanation (almost by accident it seemed)in connection with another lecture 10-20 pages on.
Definitely not a book for a beginner and if your not a beginner I'm not sure what you would need it for, perhaps to check up on html5?
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Needed a refresher course on web design as doing it at work and now taking a more advanced course at college.

I got this book when it was free of charge, was perfect to bring me back up to speed in easy and manageable chunks.

Perhaps a little high at £7, but for an easy to read book on web standards you won't go too far wrong with this.

The accompanying book on CSS / CSS3 was also very good!
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HASH(0x920393b4) out of 5 stars The Real Deal 22 Mar. 2012
By I-Cubed from Pennsylvania - Published on Amazon.com
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With a basic overview of HTML in general and specific, pointed examples of the new features in HTML 5, this is the book to start with if you are familiar with the basics of HTML and want to get a real understanding of HTML 5. The book is loaded with examples and exercises (which I suggest you take the time to code again on your own).

When I was reading the book, I wondered why Mr.Nixon covered a number of deprecated (supposed to be retired) tags in his overview of HTML. He is one of the few authors that addresses the reality of deprecated HTML - there are billions of pages on the Web and sooner or later you are going to have to deal with 'deprecated' code whether you like it or not.

Again, the structure of this book is a learning course. It IS important to take the time to code the examples on your own. Just reading will not help in having a complete understanding the powerful features in HTML 5.

My only problem (my problem!) is that Robin does stress the fact that you need to add a real understanding of JavaScript to take full advantage of HTML 5. His mini-overview of JavaScript made me realize that cutting and pasting code from scripting sites is not a long term option. Considering his writing style and clear examples, I am going to look at his JavaScript titles as a crucial step in gaining real understanding of JS. I highly recommend this title.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x920397bc) out of 5 stars Informative, but needs an editor. 15 May 2012
By W. Callahan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a helpful and informative crash course on HTML 5. Unfortunately, it is riddled with typographical and spelling errors. I'm not sure that it was proofread by the author, let alone an editor. It can cause quite a bit of confusion, especially to someone new to HTML, when the author has forgotten an end bracket on a command.

Overall I would recommend this book, but be careful when reading it. It might not say what it means.
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HASH(0x92039834) out of 5 stars Everything, seriously 27 Jan. 2012
By Chris Osman - Published on Amazon.com
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Picked this book up for promo but I would have happily paid full price for it after having a look. This seems like an experienced users guide, but it really starts from scratch and builds from there. Written for the non-programmer, I found it much easier to read that any of the "random drawing of an animal" programming books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x920395dc) out of 5 stars Robin Nixon's HTML & HTML5 Crash Course 16 July 2012
By MICHAEL A HILL - Published on Amazon.com
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This the most concise and well-written introductory book on HTML5 that I have read! I took away code snippets I could immediately use to convert my existing web pages, and leverage for a lot more exploration without needing to backtrack to earlier HTML versions. (I think most of us know by now that "HTML5" is not the magic Steve Jobs led us to believe, but lots and lots of javascript with some refurbished HTML to hold it more conveniently.) I am a real fan of Robin Nixon. I have read other titles by him, and have always found them instructive and useful with almost no learning curve. This book will save you days of time and effort!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x920398c4) out of 5 stars Good but simplistic 15 Mar. 2012
By Matthew Dickinson - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was good, but as an experienced developer is what a little frustrating how much time was spent on review of HTML 4.01 and JavaScript. However, the book did give me valuable information (including examples) about the new features included in the HTML5 spec.
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