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ISBN-13: 978-1118063323 ISBN-10: 1118063325 Edition: 1st

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From the Back Cover

Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something — and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-stepscreen shots that show you how to tackle more than 165 HTML5 tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique, sure to help you get up and running on HTML5 in no time.

You'll learn to:

  • View HTML5 code in a browser

  • Create a page with text and lists

  • Use CSS styles, images, and links

  • Add interactivity with JavaScript®

  • Work with canvases and audio files

Designed for Visual Learners

  • Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules

  • Succinct explanations walk you through step by step

  • Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task

  • Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks

About the Author

Mike Wooldridge is a Web developer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s written dozens of books for the Visual series. You can access more information about HTML5 and the example files used in this book at his website: www.wooldridge.net/html5

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118063325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118063323
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Wooldridge is a user-interface designer and Web developer. He has authored more than 30 books for Wiley's Visual series. Mike's recent titles teach you how to edit images with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements and build websites with HTML and CSS.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Colin D. Michael on September 10, 2011
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If you are looking for depth and heady discussions about HTML 5 versus other versions, please pass on. For those of you teaching yourself or another as a beginner, this is it! I thumbed through a dozen or more HTML 5 tomes that looked quite over the head of my young, visual learner. She studied Python last school year and did well, so I wanted her to learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript this year as a way to keep "programming" interesting and relevant. The choices for HTML 5 books was very heavily skewed toward folks moving to it form a good knowledge of earlier version. Or else the book would teach several versions and the history of HTML, or leave off CSS or JavaScript.

This colorful book is a treasure. My daughter loves to work in it, has no problems learning the material, and is making quick progress in the first two weeks of school. I highly recommend it for homeschoolers and for anyone who learns best visually. The title is no misnomer, because you really can teach yourself and the design is totally sweet.

Finally, and I put this at the end for a reason, as a programmer and web developer, I recommend this book if you would like to stir up a joy for web design or web programming in someone. This book starts out easy peasy, but in thin layers it moves into programming by the end and leaves them wanting more. (Note to authors of techy books: don't overload your readers. Leave them yearning for your next book!) Even people who might choke at the idea of learning "computer programming" will learn some of the joys that come with creating tools that people love to use.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Magnifying Glass on October 23, 2011
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This book is for those new to HTML and for dabblers, such as myself. Experienced writers will probably find it useful.

First impressions: Most pages have screen prints of code written in a word processor with the results shown on a web browser, which is fine, but unfortunately the text on these screen prints are small to tiny. For example { } looked like parenthesis until I examined them with a magnifying glass.

As explained in the book, that while their examples use Windows 'Notepad' to write their code and the Google 'Chrome' browser to display the results, you can use other word processors and browsers. In my case, I used Apple's 'Pages' to create example web pages and then displayed the results with Apple's 'Safari'. Note to Mac users: before you write your first web page in 'Pages' or 'TextEdit', turn off 'smart quotes' in Preferences - Safari will not recognize 'smart quotes'.

Weak Organization: Presents unnecessary information too early. For example, a new user doesn't need to know about meta tags so early in the book, even before being introduced to even the simple paragraph tag!

Weak HTML Reference: For example, suppose you want to color the background of a paragraph, you flip to the Reference, Style Sheet Properties and find: background-color, defines a background color. There is no format information or page references. Or for example, if you want to look up the format of the statement needed to color a line in canvas, you will find nothing. There are no canvas statements listed, other than the <canvas> tag.

Overall, the book does have a lot of useful information but a larger text font in their examples would certainly earn my appreciation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John C. Pappas on October 17, 2011
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I really like the format of this book. It provides sample code for each aspect of the main parts of HTML5. Each Chapter presents with an overview on the topic at hand and then steps you through the website development code with a very good explanation. It uses the visual and verbal model of the topic so you can fully understand how the page is generated. This building block model is a great introduction to HTML5. I consider this an introduction text of great value to the new developer. Some of these books have too much explanation and not enough hands on development, this one does not do this. Very nice model for young and new developers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deb Nam-Krane VINE VOICE on July 30, 2013
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Even with a CMS like Blogger, I still need to format my blog pages using some HTML. Fortunately, I was an application developer in a previous life, so I know enough to get in and make some basic formatting changes. Even at my layperson level, I'm excited by some of the enhancements available in HTML5 )and as an indie author, I'm very excited by some of the possibilities EPUB3 offers via HTML5).

This book provides a brief overview of some of the big changes, including semantic tags (<nav>, <heading>, <footer>), easier multimedia options (no more <embed> for us!), more native support for forms and... canvasses. I must admit, I was really unmoved by the canvas section until the guide talked about the improved animation options. However, I can see how it would also be useful when trying to create a streamlined background using a static image.

Perhaps it's the application developer in me, but forms were the part that I got the most excited about. (Note: you're still going to need some basic scripts to make these really sing, but they provide sites where you can easily find some.) I was also excited about the Table review, although it doesn't appear that those capabilities have been enhanced in this release.

It's pretty clear going through the guide that the paradigm has solidified to put as much of the style information as possible into the CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets. This isn't new- developers have been moving in this direction for a while. To facilitate this, certain attributes that were available in before have been taken away so that they must be moved into a style sheet. (The example they use is "align".
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