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Product Details

  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240813286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240813288
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,332,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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. a handy introduction to HTML5. It presents the major concepts in a logical sequence, and the topics flow easily from explanations to bite-sized projects, flavored with practical advice.
-Sam Wan, UI engineer

. puts solutions at your fingertips; the content is concise and easily referenced, and the accompanying projects help convert learning to real-world action.
-Toby Pestridge, Toby James Creative

Matthew has provided us a great frame of reference of what's to come and what we can start using now!
-Conrad Fuhrman, partner/Lead Developer ThreeSphere LLC

. introduces you to key concepts, and dives in for a comprehensive look to prepare you for tomorrow's internet.
-Joel Martinez,

.presents new and seemingly complex topics in a practical, easy to understand manner. This book will bring programmers and designers into the next generation of web development..
-Ryan Moore, author of Foundation ASP.NET for Flash

...fine survey highly recommended for any web designer's library. It teaches how to create images with SVG and Canvas, how to embed video and audio into a web page, how to use the new HTML5 elements, and much more, and comes from a web specialist. Color screen shots and sample code examples make this a fine winner."---California BookWatch

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Implement the powerful new multimedia and interactive capabilities offered by HTML5, including style control tools, illustration tools, video, audio, and rich media solutions. Understand how HTML5 is changing the Web development game with this full-color, project-based treatment that shows you-not just tells you-what HTML5 can do for your Web sites. Reinforce your practical understanding of the new standard with demo applications and tutorials, so that execution is one short step away. The companion website,, is packed full of extra information, online code libraries, and a user forum, offering even more opportunity to learn new skills, practice your coding and interact with other users.

With HTML5, you'll:

* Learn how to create images with SVG and Canvas * Optimize your HTML5 Web site's appearance on the latest Web browsers, including Chrome 5, Safari 4, Internet Explorer 9, and FireFox 3.6 * Embed video and audio into your Web page * Enhance your JavaScript knowledge with jQuery Ajax library * Control your page layout and design with CSS3, embedded fonts, animation, transformation, 3D, and rounded borders * Leverage the new HTML5 elements, such as ARTICLE, SECTION, FOOTER, HEADER, and ASIDE * Extend your Web applications to mobile devices such as the iPhone, Android, and WebOS mobile phones with HTML5 FORMs 2.0 * Implement the Geolocation API in your Web applications * Apply SQL-like local data storage to your Web solutions


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Not only full of mistakes and inaccuracies, this book also recommends anti-patterns and bad practices that lead to non-standards-conformant applications that will not work consistently cross-browser, will not validate, are not accessible... the list goes on.
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Very low quality, many many mistakes (coding mistakes), a lot of copy / paste. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, it is not useful neither for beginners, nor for experts.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Best Avoided March 6 2011
By Laurie Harper - Published on
Format: Paperback
Not only full of mistakes and inaccuracies, this book also recommends anti-patterns and bad practices that lead to non-standards-conformant applications that will not work consistently cross-browser, will not validate, are not accessible... the list goes on. The author's history and chronology is inaccurate, and work is attributed to the wrong people. Worse, the technical errors in the book range from usage of incorrect (non-existant) HTML elements to markup anti-patterns to brittle mis-use of CSS. There are a number of alternative books with much higher quality both from a technical and an editorial perspective. This book is not recommended for anyone.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Introduction Book for Anyone Aug. 4 2010
By Conrad Fuhrman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Plain and simple, this book provides the basics to get started with HTML5 and CSS3 in a proper format. Coming from a 10yr. veteran of HTML4 and XHTML, I found the book to be well suited for beginners and us experts alike. You need books like this to help leverage the very fundamentals that are often overshot by the rest of your community. How many times have you gone back to see proper usage for your tags or attributes? I like good clean books like this to keep me grounded. Personally I own a good collection of books by Matthew David as his writing style is point blank.

to Brooklynite: Maybe you should get more in touch with your fellow developers and designers. Lorem Ipsum is standard practice for templating and concepting. If you didn't grasp that this book isn't a "tutorialfest" for copy and paste code, maybe you should look elsewhere instead of leaving a one star review. There are a few misprints and some code mishaps, but nothing that you couldn't intelligently work around.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great introduction and place to start with HTML5 and CSS3. Also the updated site for reference and code is [...]
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Badly Formatted But Useful Book Nov. 23 2010
By Glenn R. Howes - Published on
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I found this book quite informative and useful. My own HTML knowledge stopped growing around 1995, so it was invigorating finding out what was up with cascading style sheets, the more streamlined aspects of HTML5, Canvas elements and tieing things together with JavaScript. And the author is very up energy about his subject, sometimes getting too rah rah about what can be done with HTML5. However, I would be hard pressed to recommend the book as it is confusedly formatted, and has quite a bit of extraneous material.

The formatting is worst when laying out several pages of JavaScript at the end. The point of code listings in books are to illustrate techniques, so code listings should be well tabbed out with little functionality per line, so the reader can learn from reading the code. My eyes were glazing over trying to read it. And the rest of the layouts are also badly done. Laying out technical books can be done well. Pick up any O'Reilly book and see what I mean.

I have one quibble that has stuck in my mind. The author asserts that programmers with previous experience with Java, C#, or ActionScript should pick up JavaScript easily. I can't speak for ActionScript, but that is the kind of attitude that ends up with JavaScript having such a poor reputation amongst programmers. JavaScript has a prototyping object model which is completely and frustratingly different than the inheritance model used by most other languages. Raising someones expectations of a smooth transition is a recipe for cognitive rebellion. In general, the JavaScript portions of the text are the weakest.

The portions involving style sheets and describing new features and ideas of HTML5 are the strongest, and very informative and useful. I'm looking forward to improving my own pages with the techniques shown. I'm particularly impressed by how one can manipulate simple unordered list elements into whatever output form the designer chooses. That's a powerful idea.

Another quibble, it wasn't appropriate filling several pages with how to generate Ogg and other video files. This book isn't about that and the editor should have cut it.

In summary, an interesting topic, and a book with some really good parts, ruined by lousy layout, and a lack of focus.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars online code now found Aug. 2 2010
By Thomas H. Daly - Published on
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The book would have gotten a higher review if I could find the code on-line. On page 100 it says to go to [...] to download the code. I can not find it there, indeed the page says it is "this is a future home page" and links to advertisements.
This is not a reference book but a good overview of some of the features of HTML5 for the intermediate programmer - someone who has used HTML,CSS and Javascript but may not be familiar with code libraries such as YUI.

PS Got new link to code The correct website is given by the author in the comment attached to this posting (the last time I posted a URL it was deleted)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Many reviewers said it, but I'll say it again, "Too many typos!" Feb. 21 2011
By DNA - Published on
Format: Paperback
Look, I don't mind typos on sentences (Hey, if you wanna read a book written in proper English, read Shakespeare!) - but typos on sample codes are just UNACCEPTABLE! For instance, the author writes that one of the new elements in HTML5 is the <NAV> tag to markup the navigation section, yet one of the sample codes uses <NAVIGATION> tag (no mention of <NAVIGATION> tag was given prior to that sample code), so which is it, <NAV> or <NAVIGATION>? There are so many inconsistencies in this book, you'll need a patience to read through it. Also, you'll definitely need prior HTML experience! This book is for intermediate/advanced developers. If you are new to HTML, get a book on HTML4 or XHTML and learn the basics before you learn HTML5.

That said, this book can be useful for understanding the general (theoretical) idea of HTML5, but don't use it as a reference book to write your own HTML5 code because the sample codes in this book are untrustworthy. Here's the run-down of who should and shouldn't buy this book:

Buy this book if you:
- are familiar with previous versions of HTML (i.e. HTML4, XHTML, etc...).
- are curious about "what's in the store" for HTML5.

Don't buy this book if you:
- are new to HTML. Buy a book on HTML4 and/or XHTML instead and learn the basics using the more-stable HTML.
- are looking for a HTML5 reference book - like I said, the sample codes in this book are just not trustworthy.