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The Truth About HTML5 (For Web Designers) [Paperback]

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18 May 2012
This is the book for web designers, web developers, and front-end coders who want to get up to speed with HTML5 in 2012. This is the book that isn’t afraid to point out what everyone gets wrong about HTML5’s new markup, so you don’t make the same mistakes. This is the book that will show you what rocks in HTML5 today and what the future holds for interactivity and video now Flash is dying. This is the book that doesn’t think marking up a basic web page should be a quasi-religious exercise where the high priests of HTML5 must be consulted for their interpretation of the holy texts (the HTML5 spec). This is the book that doesn’t pull its punches. This is the book for web professionals who think for themselves. This is the book that tells the truth about HTML5. === 5 Reasons You Should Read The Truth About HTML5 1. Learn HTML5 markup the right way After spending an insane number of hours researching HTML5’s new markup I discovered one disturbing fact: everyone gets it wrong. Really. Don’t waste hours trawling through confusing, poorly researched, and often flat-out wrong blog posts (or books). Get the truth on HTML5’s markup in chapter three and chapter four. 2. Learn about the future of semantics Did you know Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft teamed up in 2011 to launch a new, potentially groundbreaking semantics initiative using HTML5’s new microdata standard? They did, and the new semantics are being used by major sites like eBay and IMDB right now. In chapter seven you’ll be brought up to speed on one of the biggest changes to semantics to ever hit the web. 3. Learn what HTML5 features you can implement today HTML5 isn’t one big blob of technology that will be "finished" at some point in the future. It’s a grab bag of cool stuff, much of which has been around for years. Learn what’s well supported and ready to go today in 2012, including new forms features in chapter eight, and the new audio and video possibilities in chapter ten. 4. Learn what happens when Flash dies The writing is on the wall for Flash. Apple never supported it on mobile; Adobe (Adobe!) have given up on the plug-in for Android; and Microsoft won’t support it in IE10 in the default desktop experience of Windows 8. (Let that sink in for a moment.) Clients will demand HTML5 equivalents of what was done with Flash so we’ll look at what HTML’s Canvas can do in chapter nine and what HTML5 video can (and can’t) do in chapter ten. 5. HTML5 for CMSs, and beyond HTML5 Finally in chapter twelve we’ll look at some of the web app oriented features of HTML5, one of which (the History API) changes something as fundamental as a page refresh. We’ll also touch on features that we should be demanding asking politely to be included in our CMSs, and we’ll look briefly at some post-HTML5 web standards development for mobile that’s becoming a reality right now.

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (18 May 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1479158569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479158560
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 17.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 963,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read 14 Nov 2012
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I found the writer Comparing HTML5 to the shelved XHTML 2.0 specification. I think the writer has a lack of understanding of how new tags such as <header> <article> <section> <aside> and <footer> are supposed to be used and tells the reader not to use them and stick to non semantic <div> tags is a poor use of space. They are used to clearly define areas of content within your document and can be nested so there is no need for the missing <content> tag as the writer suggests. It's not valid but there is nothing stopping you from creating and styling your own custom tags in HTML5 since the DOM is technically XML.

With multiple external web links which support a mixture of nonsense and informative text written in this book, the writer is clearly tries to justify his way of thinking.

The book reveals nothing new about HTML5, if you are looking for practical guidance on the usage of HTML5 then I would recommend HTML5: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) & HTML5 & CSS3 In The Real World
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read if you use HTML 8 Nov 2012
By Dan
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This book has completely changed how I write my HTML. I've stopped using the new 'semantic' elements of HTML. Very informative. Lots of additional information about all aspects of the umbrella term that is HTML5.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor first impression 14 May 2013
By Tiago
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unpacked the book right now and it was black and white not full color! There is only colors at the cover and even there are washed colors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Discussion of HTML5 12 July 2012
By Casey - Published on
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This book is one of the best tech books I have read. There are tons of "how-to" books, but this book is different. It is not for beginners. It discusses what works, what doesn't and what you should know about how HTML5 was created. The book goes over all the features in the specification and talks about each one. Some features are great, but some don't do much of anything, and some are actually bad.

HTML5 didn't just arrive out of thin air. There is a fascinating history of how it came to be and this book tells that story. The author discusses how the spec was written. Some features were added for reasons that don't really make sense and some are personal preferences of the spec writers. There is also great information about browser support, including the various incarnations of IE. The author also talks about the direction some of the browser vendors are going and how mobile is affecting HTML5 and web design.

HTML5 is a great design tool. It is an improvement over the previous standards and the book discusses this. The Canvas API and the Audio and Video features have great promise. But not all features need to be embraced. There were features that I used but didn't see any usefulness in them. After reading this book, I understand that I can continue to use DIV's instead of the new tags such as ARTICLE and SECTION. And there are obscure features that I don't have to learn in depth because they will likely disappear from use (but probably not the spec). He also talks about the comeback of SVG, which I was happy to learn.

Anyone who is working with HTML5 needs to read this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now i get it 16 Jan 2013
By dmh2000 dot com - Published on
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This book isn't a tutorial on using the features of HTML5, it is a treatise on where HTML5 came from and why it is what it is. It finally clarified for me what HTML5 means and how and when it should be used (or not used).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good HTML5 Reference 1 Mar 2013
By Scott - Published on
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On the novice-beginner-intermediate-advanced-pro scale of web development, I consider myself as just having entered intermediate.

This book is formatted well on Kindle III. However, to make full use of it, I think it's best on a web-enabled device due to the numerous active links in the electronic version. For this reason, I recommend the electronic version, at least if you can't afford or don't want to buy both. All links are labelled as their http strings in the text so print users can still visit them.

This book is not a programming how-to book, but it should go well with one of the many HTML5 programming books. And I think the content, though frequently advanced, is suitable for serious novices and beginners as well as pro.

The writing style is casual versus pedagogical, like serious, well written blog articles. It's concise and provides a lot of information. The author does express his opinions but does so efficiently without distraction.

The book has two primary offerings. First, the entire text is a thorough discussion of HTML5's history, what its features are and their pros and cons, recommendations and opinions on why we should or shouldn't use given features, current support of the features in desktop and mobile arenas, and the potential and future of HTML5. Secondly, there are many links throughout each chapter. They range from pairs of pro-con discussions of features to sites demonstrating the possibilities of advanced HTML5 implementations. Every main item in each topic - and more - has links. A great reference resource.

I've read it cover to cover, and I think it provides a very good conceptual overview of how to approach using HTML5 whether developing from scratch or gradually integrating it into an existing system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this book does tell the truth 19 Nov 2012
By Cheryl M. Berumen - Published on
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After being confused about HTML5 for some time now, I finally have my questions cleared up. I emailed the author and thanked him for helping me. I have been a web designer since 1996 and this is one of the best books I have read on web design.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explains the irritation when actually coding a HTML5 webpage. 4 May 2013
By M.S. - Published on
When i first learned about HTML5 ...
I tried to wrap my head around when to use which new semantic html5 element to generate a proper html5 document outline.
As soon as i tried to merge this structure with the one of the layout design, what started simple got quite complicated ...

This book finally explains why so many developers struggle with the html5 and why it's foundation and philosophy is based more on simple assumptions than real world problems.

A very valuable read if you are someone who doesn't stop questioning if something seems odd and if you are curious or serious about HTML5.
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