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What Is HTML5? [Kindle Edition]

Brett McLaughlin
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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HTML5: Everyone’s using it, nobody knows what it is. I realize that sounds more like a line out of an existential movie — maybe Waiting for Godot or a screenplay by Sartre — than a statement about HTML5. But it’s really the truth: most of the people using HTML5 are treating it as HTML4+, or even worse, HTML4 (and some stuff they don’t use). The result? A real delay in the paradigm shift that HTML5 is almost certain to bring. It’s certainly not time to look away, because by the time you look back, you may have missed something really important: a subtle but important transition centered around HTML5.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (13 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ISQ7JM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,308 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brief overview of HTML5 13 Sept. 2011
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A book provides a brief overview of HTML5

When I saw the cover in the classic O'Reilly style with the traditional line drawing that accompanies this series of books, I was expecting something with a bit of depth and technical content. But unfortunately this wasn't the case as there was very little. This is really more like an extended magazine article by Brian McLaughlin, who is also a staff writer for the publisher. I finished it over a lunch break.

Then again this is a free download so perhaps I was expecting too much from this book.

The author outlines the new 'audio' and 'video' tags that he suggests encourages sharing of content, along with 'canvas' - a new HTML5 feature which enables you to draw within the page. These can be controlled programatically with Javascript.

McLaughlin's main thesis is that HTML5 is more geared toward a semantic web than the current HTML4. He also heavily promotes the idea that content can be grabbed from other web sites and that the authors of said web sites should be happy about that. This is something that as a generator of original web content myself I find difficult to agree with.

Overall, it was an useful read about HTML 5 over a lunch break but I didn't really feel like I had learned a huge amount. I would imagine that it is probably geared towards people who have heard of HTML5 and want to know what it is all about but without any of the technical detail that often comes with books such as this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An article, not a book 1 Nov. 2011
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I guess it's harsh to give a bad review to a free "book"... but this isn't a book at all.

It reads more like a (very) brief overview of what HTML 5 is, with absolutely no guts at all. The same kind of HTML 5 overviews can be found on numerous websites.

Readable, for 5 minutes, but ultimately a pointless download.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worth exactly the asking price, not a penny more 12 Aug. 2014
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Ok, so you shouldn't really look a gift horse in the mouth and all that, but honestly, this book was a complete and utter waste of time. More than anything else, it doesn't actually even bother to ask the question it set out to answer. Rather, it's just seems like the author was in a rush to put down on paper what his thoughts and more than anything else, strong opinions are on the subject of HTML5, without really delving into HTML5 and providing any level of reader some decent background information on the technologies involved. It is also quite badly written, without any sense of flow or direction.

I read it in around 20 minutes, but honestly I wish I'd spent that time doing anything else.

If you want a decent introduction to HTML5, then I would recommend searching the web or buying a book such as HTML5 for Masterminds revised 2nd Edition, it's going for a great price at the moment and seems to contain a lot of decent content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure speculation. Just one person's opinion 2 April 2014
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I am a software engineer and was expecting this text to be more engineering oriented. It turns out to be more about the philosophy of the web than anything else.

It is not even fun to read. Save yourself a couple of minutes and stay clear of this little article. There are much more useful articles on the Web.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful short Introduction 26 May 2013
By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE
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Useful introduction that emphasises the important differences between HTMJ5 and earlier versions.
Primarily that its an attempt to assemble a standard web page from its parts wherever they're held and how HTML5 fits in with the semantic web.
Personally I rate the semantic web as a bit of a non starter, for a variety of reasons.
However for free definitely worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit basic 6 Dec. 2013
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I found it a bit basic. I had expected more detail but it is a free Kindle download after all
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brief and a little waffly.. 13 April 2013
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I already had a basic idea of what HTML 5 was before I read this book - now I feel as though that has been confused. The writer seems to focus too much on how HTML 5 works with JavaScript, even though I'm sure that's very good to know, I just want the basics on HTML 5 itself.

Good thing it was free; there are better books out there I'm sure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners 6 Feb. 2013
By Mark
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This is good if you don't like too much Jargon or being thrown in at the deep end.
Discusses differences between HTML5 and HTML4 without confusing
Does not get too caught up in scripting or showing off authors knowledge

Only negative is that the book wasn't big enough
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good primer for the 'new' HTML standards
Good standard O'Reilly fare. Comprehensive if perhaps a bit too technical for the uninitiated. Works for me as a primer & something to dip into as I develop websites.
Published 4 months ago by stevieb60
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Published 5 months ago by ']['@\/
1.0 out of 5 stars Should've read the reviews.
Not the whole book, just a selling gimmick.
Published 6 months ago by alistair borthwick
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Published 7 months ago by Nigel Kendal-Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit complicated for me. Just started a course and ...
Bit complicated for me. Just started a course and wanted a 'dummy' guide.
Published 8 months ago by Darker Pixie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
what can i say , it's free and essential
Published 9 months ago by Hongbo Gao
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommend this book as the best I have come across ...
A very clever and well written book, which makes learning HTML as understandable as it can be. But I still find it challenging and complex. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ringwood Margaret & Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Good outstanding fan tasting .. Every one should get this. Excellent for the beginners. Should be bought immediately . Highly recommended
Published 13 months ago by Abu
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting approach
interesting approach to teaching the fundamentals of HTML5. Easy to follow and easy to pick up through the methods used.
Published 14 months ago by sam baxter
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