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I found the writer Comparing HTML5 to the shelved XHTML 2.0 specification. I think the writer has a lack of understanding of how new tags such as <header> <article> <section> <aside> and <footer> are supposed to be used and tells the reader not to use them and stick to non semantic <div> tags is a poor use of space. They are used to clearly define areas of content within your document and can be nested so there is no need for the missing <content> tag as the writer suggests. It's not valid but there is nothing stopping you from creating and styling your own custom tags in HTML5 since the DOM is technically XML.

With multiple external web links which support a mixture of nonsense and informative text written in this book, the writer is clearly tries to justify his way of thinking.

The book reveals nothing new about HTML5, if you are looking for practical guidance on the usage of HTML5 then I would recommend HTML5: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) & HTML5 & CSS3 In The Real World
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This book has completely changed how I write my HTML. I've stopped using the new 'semantic' elements of HTML. Very informative. Lots of additional information about all aspects of the umbrella term that is HTML5.
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unpacked the book right now and it was black and white not full color! There is only colors at the cover and even there are washed colors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Write HTML5 Until you Read This! 23 May 2014
By L. S. Marcus - Published on Amazon.com
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When any new technology arrives, IT folks get feature creep and start looking for ways to implement it. Even more so with HTML5 since we've been waiting since 1998 for some new HTML tools to add to our toolbox. But, before you drink the "Kool-Aid" that the Internet is serving up about how you can and should start using HTML5 today, read this book, which can be done in a single sitting.

As a professional web developer and IT trainer for 20 years, I must admit that I never gave much thought to document outlines, but after only 50 pages of this book, it became so clear to me why I should care and why (at least right now - 2014), it makes no sense to use HTML 5's new structural sectioning elements and in fact, how using these elements will most likely break your document outline, make your page inaccessible to AT users and provide no benefit to SEO.

This book will provide you with rock solid evidence for the claims that it makes (in many cases using Ian Hickson's own public comments on HTML5 to back up these claims) and open your eyes to the dangers of using various aspects of HTML5 right now and potentially for the foreseeable future.

Be warned: this book is a lone dissenting voice in the wilderness, but it's extremely hard to read it and not come away with a different point of view than that of the masses proclaiming that we should all jump on the HTML5 bandwagon immediately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good HTML5 Reference 1 Mar. 2013
By Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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On the novice-beginner-intermediate-advanced-pro scale of web development, I consider myself as just having entered intermediate.

This book is formatted well on Kindle III. However, to make full use of it, I think it's best on a web-enabled device due to the numerous active links in the electronic version. For this reason, I recommend the electronic version, at least if you can't afford or don't want to buy both. All links are labelled as their http strings in the text so print users can still visit them.

This book is not a programming how-to book, but it should go well with one of the many HTML5 programming books. And I think the content, though frequently advanced, is suitable for serious novices and beginners as well as pro.

The writing style is casual versus pedagogical, like serious, well written blog articles. It's concise and provides a lot of information. The author does express his opinions but does so efficiently without distraction.

The book has two primary offerings. First, the entire text is a thorough discussion of HTML5's history, what its features are and their pros and cons, recommendations and opinions on why we should or shouldn't use given features, current support of the features in desktop and mobile arenas, and the potential and future of HTML5. Secondly, there are many links throughout each chapter. They range from pairs of pro-con discussions of features to sites demonstrating the possibilities of advanced HTML5 implementations. Every main item in each topic - and more - has links. A great reference resource.

I've read it cover to cover, and I think it provides a very good conceptual overview of how to approach using HTML5 whether developing from scratch or gradually integrating it into an existing system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Discussion of HTML5 12 July 2012
By Casey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one of the best tech books I have read. There are tons of "how-to" books, but this book is different. It is not for beginners. It discusses what works, what doesn't and what you should know about how HTML5 was created. The book goes over all the features in the specification and talks about each one. Some features are great, but some don't do much of anything, and some are actually bad.

HTML5 didn't just arrive out of thin air. There is a fascinating history of how it came to be and this book tells that story. The author discusses how the spec was written. Some features were added for reasons that don't really make sense and some are personal preferences of the spec writers. There is also great information about browser support, including the various incarnations of IE. The author also talks about the direction some of the browser vendors are going and how mobile is affecting HTML5 and web design.

HTML5 is a great design tool. It is an improvement over the previous standards and the book discusses this. The Canvas API and the Audio and Video features have great promise. But not all features need to be embraced. There were features that I used but didn't see any usefulness in them. After reading this book, I understand that I can continue to use DIV's instead of the new tags such as ARTICLE and SECTION. And there are obscure features that I don't have to learn in depth because they will likely disappear from use (but probably not the spec). He also talks about the comeback of SVG, which I was happy to learn.

Anyone who is working with HTML5 needs to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in HTML5 or creating web sites in general 12 Oct. 2012
By Ernest - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this book was a lot of "uh-huh" moments for me, it helped me to understand the good and the bad parts of HTML5. Describes the current state of technologies we were so hyped about. This is really the truth about HTML5, and some parts of it will shock you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars this book does tell the truth 19 Nov. 2012
By Cheryl M. Berumen - Published on Amazon.com
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After being confused about HTML5 for some time now, I finally have my questions cleared up. I emailed the author and thanked him for helping me. I have been a web designer since 1996 and this is one of the best books I have read on web design.
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