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HTML5 For Web Designers by Jeremy Keith

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Html5 For Web Designers

This tiny book almost makes you want to scream “it’s not a book, it’s a pamphlet” – and thank goodness for that! Sick and tired of long boring tomes full of waffle that you need a PhD in geekery to understand? Then HTML5 For Web Designers was written with you in mind, and not a moment too soon. HTML5 is here to stay, and we all need to get to grips with the fundamentals.

Everything that a web designer really needs to know about HTML5 is easily explained in this handy little reference book. Clear and concise, it is a quick read, and the well-organised and small sections mean it will be dipped into again and again whenever something needs to be looked up in a hurry.

Beginning with a brief history of HTML, the book quickly moves on to give the clearest and simplest explanation of HTML5 audio and video that I have yet seen. This is followed by explanations of the new semantic markup elements in HTML5, and canvas. The section on canvas seems to provide the missing jigsaw puzzle piece for those of us who are unfamiliar with the arcane art of DOM scripting, and once again the book achieves its aim of making a new skill seem attainable and even simple. The book also covers the new HTML5 form elements (and attributes), and rounds all of this off with a few alternative methods of incorporating HTML5 into web pages with current browsers.

As this book has been written with designers in mind it does lack some of the new features of HTML5: web workers, the geolocation API and databases are all missing. However, don’t let this put you off. This invaluable little book is a must-have and must-read for all web designers.

HTML5 For Web Designers by Jeremy Keith is $18 from A Book Apart, ebook $9.

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