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The Truth About HTML5 (Expert's Voice in Web Development) [Kindle Edition]

Luke Stevens , RJ Owen
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The Truth About HTML5 is for web designers, web developers, and front-end coders who want to get up to speed with HTML5. The book isn't afraid to point out what everyone gets wrong about HTML5's new markup, so you don’t make the same mistakes. It will show you what rocks in HTML5 today and what the future holds.



Marking up a basic web page shouldn't be a quasi-religious exercise where the high priests of HTML5 must be consulted for their interpretation of the holy texts (the HTML5 spec). Don’t waste hours trawling through confusing, poorly researched, and often flat-out wrong information on the Internet. Get the truth on HTML5's markup here. You'll also find out about HTML5's new microdata standard that's being used on major websites, such as eBay and IMDB, right now, and get the low-down on the Canvas object and what it can and can't do for you. The book also covers how HTML5 affects CMSs and web apps, what HTML5 means for mobile, and what the future holds.



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. Now that the initial wave of hype is over, it's time to learn the truth about HTML5.

What you’ll learn


  • How to write elegant and up-to-date HTML5 markup

  • How to use microdata - the future of the semantic web

  • What the Canvas object can and can't do, and how to use it correctly

  • How to use new features such as enhanced forms and video and audio

  • Which HTML5 features are production ready, and what the future holds


Who this book is for

The Truth About HTML5 is for web developers and designers who want to start using HTML5 properly in their web projects. Now that the dust has settled on HTML5, it's a good time for beginners to jump aboard, and for experienced developers to take stock of what's out there.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2941 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (20 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HG2CQ2K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,031,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read 14 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read if you use HTML 8 Nov. 2012
By Dan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 Amazon.com
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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 Good HTML5 Reference 1 Mar. 2013
By Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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 Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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).
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 Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in HTML5 or creating web sites in general 12 Oct. 2012
By Ernest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reading this book was a lot of "uh-huh" moments for me, it helped me to understand the good and the bad parts of HTML5. Describes the current state of technologies we were so hyped about. This is really the truth about HTML5, and some parts of it will shock you...
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