HTML5 & CSS3: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 21 Dec 2011
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If your budget only allows for one HTML5 and CSS3 book, this book is a terrific way to invest your money. I’ve reviewed HTML5 for Web Designers and Introducing HTML5 on this blog. I think this book is better than either of those books. That’s not saying the two books mentioned are not excellent books, because they are. I’ve read both of those books carefully and I still learned new and helpful things from HTML5 and CSS3. Plus, the VQS style is inherently easy to use with each topic detailed in small step-by-step bits. It’s so easy to find the one thing you need to know at any given moment with a VQS book.
Another advantage this book over the others I mentioned is that it can get a beginner going but it also offers a lot of good information for the experienced HTML and CSS wonk. If you’re teaching either of these topics, this book is classroom gold.
Definitely recommended. - Virginia DeBolt, webteacher.ws
About the Author
Bruce Hyslop began developing for the Web in 1997 and focuses on interface technical architecture, development, usability, accessibility, and advocating best practices. He is the author of The HTML Pocket Guide (Peachpit Press, 2010), a thorough discussion and reference of all HTML elements (HTML5 and prior). Bruce also teaches a CSS course at UCLA Extension and occasionally speaks on matters regarding front-end development. Over the years, he has overseen front-end teams or been a developer for more than 150 projects, including those for ABC, BBC, Disney, Logitech, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Nokia, Target, Toyota, and Yahoo!, among others.
Bruce was an early adopter of Web standards. At a previous agency in the early 2000s, he lead companies such as Baskin-Robbins and Pacific Gas & Electric into the fray of modern client-side practices while managing development between offices in Los Angeles, China, and New York.
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Basically, if you're a professional don't buy this book. For the other 99% of us this is a must have book that you will find yourself referring to over and over again. Buy it, you won't be sorry.
This book has neither - the examples are useless i.e. open the tag, put in content, close the tag.
There is some good information there but really it can be summed up by p180: "CSS2 is the version best supported across browsers both new and old so this book will cover it extensively."
It is s good book but if you simply want to look something up it is a daunting task as its like looking for a needle in a haystack. The index is a bit lacking in this regard. I wanted to make a wide background for my website and there is nothing in this book to tell me how to do it. I had to look on the internet and suffer all the red herrings I finally found one that works to a point. Why are simple things so hard to learn how to do? By the time you wade through all the pitfalls of multi-inherited rules you would just as well give something a unique ID. Life is too short for alot of these esoteric rules which I hoped a more updated system would obviate.
It contains the right amount of detail to prototype front-ends in an agile fashion using up-to-date techniques easily.
At 500+ pages it is not that lightweight. Not detailed enough if you're a pure front-end developer.
Quick way to get up and running - needs to be paired with an in-depth O'Reilly title equivalent.
I like the innovative format so i'm giving it 4 stars, depth is only 3 stars though.
Useful refresher if front-end is a smaller proportion of your development time.
I really like the layout of this book which makes using it as a desktop reference easy.
One criticism is, where is the HTML color chart that was in the old version of the book?
I would have liked to have seen more on SEO as well.
When I read that this latest version included `approximately 125 pages added and substantial updates to (or complete rewrites of) nearly every page' I was most exited and looking forward to new and updated content. However what you get is the same old content without major updates, exactly the same samples, with just a couple of chapters on HTML5 added at the end.
I would get a copy of your local library before committing yourself to the purchase of this title. I for one think that authors should be spending more time on books like this, rather that rolling out the same old stuff with a new cover.
Follow the free guides on W3Schools is my advice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Maybe not quite as good as some of the more specifically "visual" books on the subject but nonetheless a very useful and up to date reference work.Published on 25 Jun. 2013 by Carl
This guide is useful for anyone seeking to study web design and who has little or no experience in the field.Published on 5 April 2013 by richardf
although the price of this book is a little bit expensive but the quality of this is really good. The book is new and delivery is fast.Published on 21 Mar. 2013 by Lina Wang
Just perfect, good book, absolutely useful. I can recommend this one for everybody who interested in html5 and css3 coding.Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by Paula
Step by step instruction on how to build a web site using the latest web standards. Explanations are easy to follow using non techie language. Read morePublished on 20 July 2012 by Amazon Customer