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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (10 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470977272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470977279
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,038,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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).

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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By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2011
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What an absolute dog's dinner this book is! In "Smashing HTML5", Bill Sanders claims to be aiming at a hybrid market, targeting established users of browser-mediating mark-up languages who want to be brought up to speed with the new developments on offer within HTML5, whilst still presenting material with the beginner in mind. In his introduction, he states "HTML5 is so big I had to select a focus that would encompass the essence of the mark-up language without devolving into a mere reference or encyclopedia that attempted to touch on everything but explain nothing." Had he succeeding in this aim, this would have been a very valuable book indeed. Sadly, he singularly fails to achieve it.

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).
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By Tech 2.0 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2011
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Firstly I am a noob to the world of HTML and actively looking to develop my html skills. This book is ncie and bright/colurful and designed well and instantly appeals.

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.

It is supported by online materials as should be the norm anyway. It covers lots of different topic areas such as using media, designing for mobile devices and touches on javascript and php, but more so as an intro. What I will say is the areas are covered in the most basic sense and appear to lack the in depth detail to really use and get a grip of the tools.

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.
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Following an array of already excellent primers and tutorial books in the Smashing series, Smashing HTML5 is another solid publication in the range, with all the accessibility and clarity of the others. They're great for both beginners and more experienced developers, as they cover the basics clearly and concisely before going onto more advanced topics. As an emerging standard, HTML5 contains lots of novel features which the experienced crowd will want to get up to speed with quickly, and this book does not disappoint in demonstrating, showcasing and teaching both newbies and old hands.

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.
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This is a lovely book and has had a great deal of thought put in to the design and layout. 356 pages which are easy to read, packed with examples of coding and has a number of colour pictures. So a nice book to look through.

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
4) Dynamic HTML 5 Tags plus a little Javascript and PHP

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.
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