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About the Author
Peter Gasston has been a web developer for more than 12 years in both agency and corporate settings. The author of The Book of CSS3, Gasston has also been published in Smashing Magazine, A List Apart, and .net magazine. He runs the web development blog Broken Links (http://broken-links.com/) and lives in London, England.
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Chapter 2 deals with structure & semantics and provided a line of thought that I had not really clearly considered before. I'm sure it will influence design and the markup conventions to be adopted for future projects.
The real purpose in purchasing the book was to obtain an up-to-date view of device-responsive techniques and the book has served that purpose admirably.
The Modern Web covers a vast range of current, new and near-future HTML5-related topics. Peter recognises this is a risk and technologies will change -- hgroup was dropped and main was added to the HTML5 specification since it was published -- but the information will remain relevant for anyone creating cutting-edge web sites and applications over the next few years. It's aimed at advanced developers but, no matter what your level of expertise, you'll discover something you didn't know before.
The 250-page book starts with a discussion about the increasingly blurred distinction between desktop, tablet, mobile and other devices such as web-enabled TVs and game consoles. Developers can no longer rely on device assumptions and 'fast' is the only context which matters.
The second chapter moves into HTML structure and semantics with an overview of ARIA, RDFa, microdata, microformats and data attributes but I suspect many will jump straight to chapter three: device responsive CSS. If you read Peter's previous book, The Book of CSS3, you won't be disappointed. While other authors may describe media query syntax, Peter provides engaging content such as adaptive vs responsive, mobile first, box-sizing, the calc function, viewport-relative units and images. This is followed by CSS layout techniques including columns, flexbox and grids.Read more ›
Bonus: each chapter has a list of suggestions further reading, also highly valuable.
I have to agree with Craig Buckler in his excellent review above that the first part of the title does the book a disservice but hopefully as more people read the book and leave swooning reviews such as this one, the title will matter less and it'll be known as "the book you MUST buy".
Very rarely do I say I would fork out for the second edition of a book but if one were to appear in 2015, 2016 I'd be queuing at midnight like a Harry Potter fan* to buy it :-)
* Disclaimer: I haven't yet actually read any HP but apparently they're quite popular...
Imagine yourself a person wanting to create a site today. I don’t mean going to one of those all-in-one site hosting shops and turning the crank on their template library (though there’s nothing wrong with that), I mean “start from bare teal, roll your own, make a site from scratch” kind of things. With the dizzying array of options out there, what’s an aspiring web developer to do?
Peter Gasston (author of "The Book of CSS3”) has effectively asked the same questions, and his answer is “The Modern Web”. Peter starts with the premise that the days of making a site for just the desktop are long gone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not worth the ink, tells you nothing you don't already know, key chapters have missing info....badly edited/proof readPublished 8 months ago by Michael S.
I have to say found it a bit boring, but some sections for first half seemed quite interesting.Published 12 months ago by Mrs Lenka Smith
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