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Smashing HTML 5 (Smashing Magazine Book Series) Paperback – 10 Dec 2010
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This tidy tome by web developer Bill Sanders looks at how to get started with HTML5 . (Web Designer, March 2011). Packed with new features, this title shows creatives how to manage their own web solutions– a valuable skill to have. (Advanced Photoshop, March 2011). A joy to use as a reference book...no nonsense, easy to follow practical advice. (Computer Arts Projects, August 2011).
Packed with new features, this title shows creatives how to manage their own web solutions– a valuable skill to have. (Advanced Photoshop, March 2011).
A joy to use as a reference book...no nonsense, easy to follow practical advice. (Computer Arts Projects, August 2011).
From the Back Cover
Welcome to HTML5 The Future of the Web
HTML5 is packed with great new features, including hew content–specific elements, audio and video playback, canvas for drawing, and many others. But where to begin? With Smashing HTML5, you have everything you need to get up and running quickly.
Bill Sanders is a professional Web developer, information and interface designer, and instructor. His expertise and knowledge shared throughout Smashing HTML5 will help fast–track you toward building next–generation Web sites.
Smashing HTML5 provides comprehensive coverage from how to get started with HTML5 to optimizing media on the Web. You will learn how to use text, graphics, audio, video, and navigation in HTML5 Web pages running in compatible browsers.
You will also learn how to:
- Work with HTML5 Tags
- Design page structure
- Make site navigation easy for your audience
- Integrate media including video into HTML5 pages
- Harness the power of the HTML5 Canvas
- Use HTML5 Forms
- Create interactivity, store information, and much more
Smashing HTML5 is an essential read fro Web designers and developers looking to transition to HTML5. With this book, you ll be able to create Web pages that not only look great, but also take advantage of the new features HTML5 has to offer.
Visit www.wiley.com/go/smashinghtml5 to download example code files.
Smashing Magazine (smashingmagazine.com) is one of the world s most popular Web design sites. True to the Smashing mission, the Smashing Magazine book series delivers useful and innovating information to Web designers and developers.
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I came to this book as a veteran developer of sites that use HTML4, XHTML, XML, XSLT, PHP, CSS, etc. I'm generally too busy using the web development tools in which I have developed skills over the years to want to spend too much time ogling the capabilities of products in development but I figured a 350-page glossy summary of the highlights of HTML5 should be pretty good at bringing me up to speed with its current state of play, and telling me, quickly and succinctly, what this new mark-up would offer me over and above the tools already at my disposal and why I would wish to adopt it.
Sadly, it does no such thing.
Nowhere, for instance, does it highlight any of the thinking that led to the development of HTML5, or how it attempts to draw the world towards a more orderly structuring of the information supplied to it through the web. Summaries of the main differences are thin on the ground and rarely prominent. Nor does it go into any real detail as to the intended role of some of the more potentially confusing new tags (such as <article>, say).Read more ›
I agree, oddly, with both the other reviews thus is the subjective nature of opinion. As a newbie the writing style and presentation appeal, but I imagine as I progress the lack of depth will irritate. Hence why I feel the book doesn't quite know itself what it wants to be.
As mentioned above by Martin for someone who has grasped HTML it is a good introduction to the transition to HTML 5. I think for more new andprofesisonal users there are much better resources available, mostly for free as well.
The book is organised into four broad sections covering basic markup, structure / design, media and dynamic elements. The media section is particularly interesting, as the embedding of multimedia is something HTML5 is anticipated to revolutionise, especially with the introduction of the 'canvas' tag with associated scripting. Satisfyingly, there is plenty of exploration of this new feature in the book, with plenty of code examples you can try out straight away. Elements of CSS3 are covered nicely too, with lots of clarity over new colour notation including alpha transparency, for example.
You can't go wrong with it as an introduction to the new standards - it will set you in good stead and provide a decent foundation from which to start using HTML5 in your own projects.
I'm very much a beginner to HTML but I think this book may be a bit too advanced for me at present although I can see that it will be good to use as a reference book or to dip in and out of as needed.
The book is organised into 4 parts:
1) The Language of the Web
2) Pages, Sites and Designs
3) Media in HTML 5
For beginners, I would say it's better to skip much of part 1 which may confuse you totally and start off with chapter 2 in part 1 and then move to chapter 5 in part 2 instead which is a better introduction.
I think this book is better aimed at someone who already knows a reasonable amount of HTML already in order to get the most benefit from it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice compact book describing HTML5 - if you're new or just want to know for reference/part of your job I recommend buying this book.Published on 21 Jun. 2013 by SimplyCreative
I got this book for my partner who is a web designer. It is well layed out with easy to follow instructions including screen shots showing menu options or results/outcomes and... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2012 by OrganicGreen
This is a useful resource for using HTML5. I came to it knowing the basics of HTML4 but am by no means an expert. Thanks to this, I found the book fairly approachable. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2011 by M. V. Clarke
This is a great introduction to HTML5 and contains a hefty amount of info.
I wouldn't recommend it for people just getting into HTML without any previous knowledge, but... Read more
I'm pretty familiar with HTML4 and for me, this is an absolutely excellent first dip into the world of HTML5. Read morePublished on 2 April 2011 by S Bruce
A tricky book to use and hard to see who its for.
I have a lot of web experience in my job as a creative director in marketing and whilst I'm no programmer, I do like to keep... Read more
Let me just preface this by saying that I love this book. I've used a lot of primers and guides from everything from HTML to PHP to SQL to Java(not script! Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2011 by Arynth
... they really give you a great knowledge of the subject- clearly, precisely and in a simple straight forwards way. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2011 by Mr. Simon Paddon
I got this book part of the way through implementing our first HTML5 website. When reading the book, a vital detail that would have helped a great deal would have been a simple... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2011 by M. Williams