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Smashing HTML5 Paperback – Dec 6 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).
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 purchased the Smashing CSS by Eric Myer. I mean you can't go wrong if Eric wrote the book can you? You can and they did with the Smashing Magazines CSS book, as well. So, this seems to be nothing more than a way to make money.
There are a few good things about the book that I would be remiss if I did not mention. One it's in color. Two my cat likes to sit on it.
I know this is short, but there is no reason to waste your time. There are better books to spend your money on, especially in this economy. Introducing HTML5 by Lawson and Sharp is a much better book.
I will not buy another Smashing Magazine book.
At first I thought this book was lacking a Table of Contents and an index. It turns out, the TOC is not actually missing, it's just not linked from the Go to... menu. (The option is grayed out and the iPad version of the Kindle software actually states that it's not available.) I stumbled onto it a few days ago. You can access it by chaptering or paging forward to it from the Cover (or back to it from the Beginning) and then bookmarking it for future reference. A kludge, but a workable one. There is no index, which for a reference book is a serious omission.
To Wiley's credit, they have been responsive to the complaint I lodged at their website and seem to be serious about making things right. It still burns me to pay more for the e-version than the paper one, but I've amended the review up one star as the TOC isn't missing, merely "hidden." I've also toned down the review title as the TOC is detailed which makes the lack of an index a little less grievous.
The writing is good: clear and easy to understand. The addition of a working index could raise this to a 4 or 5 star reference for the beginner.
However, the book is far from perfect. After 350 pages it can be a rather grueling read. This book is best used as a reference resource. The code listed is rather long and the text could be a little larger. Fortunately, you can download the code off the book's website. The book also sometimes goes off in tangents. It concentrates briefly on various methods of video production and what software to use. The book also goes into Webcams, Camcorders, and Video capture devices. All this is fine, but they are not really part of HTML5. The problem may not be the books entirely. In HTML 5 video works differently in several browsers and mobile devices. It seems HTML 5 is not the de facto standard for the internet that it has been claimed. There are also various comments in the book that remind the reader that certain HTML5 code won't work in certain browsers. If it does work it is formatted differently among the different browsers. This contradicts the open standard capability of HTML5.
Smashing HTML5 also covers Canvas, which is used to make graphics. The problems with Canvas are it takes a herculean effort just to create the most rudimentary graphics, and despite this it has none of the graphic elegance of Flash. If you want to spend reading several pages of text and code just to create a square, then maybe Canvas is a good choice. Even the book admits that Flash excels in creating animations and interfaces that look the same in any browser. Sorry to say that claim cannot be made about HTML5.
In closing, Smashing HTML5 is very much like HTML5 itself, in that it is still a work in progress.
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