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  • Series: Community Experience Distilled
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849693188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849693189
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3 was a great read.
Samuel A. Roberts
The author demostrates deep knowlege and experience and this book will always stay close at hand on my desk to use a reference whenever I forget something.
Rowan Wilson
Overall, the book is easy to read, and the author has a subtle sense of humor (he does not overdo the humor, though).
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gilmore on June 22, 2012
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Responsive web design, in my opinion, represents huge potential for business web development. It can be so easy to view it as just another buzzword, more marketing jargon if you may but if you take the time to understand what is means for web development, you will see its pretty hot with huge potential.

Many people, I suspect, are unclear on what exactly Responsive web design is, what does it mean. Indeed, I thought ' ooh not another book on fluid layouts '. Far from it, I can assure you. The author moves through a well worked out movie website project to show that Responsive web design is not a huge single monolithic thing but instead a series of existing technologies ( HTML5, CSS3 ) and design techniques ( flexible grid layout, flexible images and media and media queries ). The majority of the book naturally focuses on HTML5 and CSS3 and the powerful enhancements these technologies bring forth. In addition to their application in Responsive web design the author explores new HTML5 elements ( the semantically meaningful nav element and many more for example ) and shows the vast improvements in CSS3 aesthetics. I particularly loved the simplicity of Text Shadows but we also have Transitions, Transformations and Animations. All very, very useful stuff.

HTML5 and CSS3 are maturing technologies, best to keep this in mind. Hence, to make available the majority of their features in older browsers such as Internet Explorer 6,7 and to a lesser extent 8, not to mention running your site across multiple browsers, a JavaScript tool called Modernizr is required. The last chapter explores this tool.

Readers should have familiarity with previous versions of HTML markup and CSS selectors to gain maximum benefit. The book is really a joy to read and perhaps a launching pad for interesting developments yet to come. Wonderful stuff.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Joost Meurs on June 18, 2012
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"Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3" offers lots of examples of modern techniques that are available nowadays for building a responsive website.

The differences between a responsive website and a mobile website are clearly explained. The author emphasizes that responsive web design is not the solution for all problems related to showing websites on different (mobile) devices. In some situations however, when building a pure mobile website is too expansive, a responsive design can be an excellent option. It offers an alternative that is normally better than a standard website with fixed-width design.

The author also shows some cases in which responsive web design is less suitable, like a client who wants the site to look exactly the same on IE 8 and below. A rule-of-the-thumb is that when more than 70% of all users are using IE 8 or below, don't use a responsive web design. Is has too many disadvantages.

Media queries and using percentages in CSS is covered very well. These are more or less the basics for a responsive web design.

With all the examples given, the book is a manual for making a responsive website, especially in combination with HTML5 and CSS3.

As said before, the book contains a lot of examples. Normally however, a very limited part of the HTML or CSS code is given. Also the browser prefixes are omitted. Personally I would have preferred less information about the possibilities of HTML5 and CSS3 and a more step-by-step approach to the new responsive website. Now the results of the code changes are shown, but the code itself is omitted. This prevents the reader building the same site together with the author.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mirko Zorić on May 23, 2012
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After finishing reading the book, i must say that it was really worth my time. With all this responsive web design buzz going on for the last year or so, i decided to expand my knowledge about it, but rather by picking info from different sources on the net, i started searching for a book that will put all that stuff in one place.

I then found Ben Frain's book and decided to pick it up. It is jam packed with quality information about responsive web design, but what i liked the most is that it also teaches a lot of HTML5 and CSS3. So you not only get the responsive goodness, but also you learn a lot about HTML5 and CSS3.

The author walks you through creation of one fictious website, so all things you learn are seen in action instantly.
Read it, it won't leave you dissapointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arun Mahendrakar on April 18, 2013
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The book does a great job in providing details on the 'Responsive Web Design' concept.

Media queries is one the main topics of the book and the author does an excellent job in explaining it. Fluid grid layout is another technique that is easy to understand just by reading through the paragraphs. Flexible images is the third component of the whole Responsive Web Design (Media query and Fluid grid layout being the other two of course) and I was amazed at the simplicity of implementing this feature.

A good chunk of the book concentrates on HTML5 and CSS3 features which makes sense in light of how these new features help in creating a responsive site. The author also cautions the readers of when not to use responsive web design.

The book contains many websites that are highly useful tools for a web developer.

The book creates a fictitious website to help its readers implement the features. I'm one of those guys who likes work with the book, so that boosted my understanding big time.

For the hungry minds, CSS3 - The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland is a great add-on for this book.
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