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What Is HTML5? [Kindle Edition]

Brett McLaughlin
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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Book Description

HTML5: Everyone’s using it, nobody knows what it is. I realize that sounds more like a line out of an existential movie — maybe Waiting for Godot or a screenplay by Sartre — than a statement about HTML5. But it’s really the truth: most of the people using HTML5 are treating it as HTML4+, or even worse, HTML4 (and some stuff they don’t use). The result? A real delay in the paradigm shift that HTML5 is almost certain to bring. It’s certainly not time to look away, because by the time you look back, you may have missed something really important: a subtle but important transition centered around HTML5.



Product Details

  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ISQ7JM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,193 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The price is right! October 24, 2011
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It is really difficult to complain about something that is free but I did spend the time to read the entire pamphlet hoping that I'd find something useful; and I didn't. I'm not sure who the target audience is intended to be. It seemed to me that to understand the context of the thesis you'd have to know more than a little bit about HTML and DOM to begin with. But even with that little bit of HTML and DOM knowledge you'd be frustrated because you never get a clear example of HTML versus HTML5. And if you didn't have that baseline HTML and DOM expertise then I think that "What is HTML5?" would leave you baffled.

I gave two stars because the points the author makes are valid and important, and it didn't cost me anything but my time. I just think that the points could have been made as effectively (maybe more so) in a 300 word blog entry, which would have been worth the time to read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute waste of time if you are a coder December 26, 2011
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Absolute waste of time if you are a coder.

If you are manager or analyst and just want to get an idea of what HTML5 is and why it's such a big deal on an extremely high level, this book _may_ be worth your time, though I would still say its too high level and 1-dimensional.

I got out of the book as much as I paid for it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother February 12, 2012
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There are a couple things here that are helpful. Generally speaking it was a waste of time. The author really likes being able to leverage other people's content and to have it more neatly arranged. He makes you aware of the "Canvas", which is interesting... Honestly the rest was a bunch of kumbaya, "write your stuff expecting it to be leveraged, and expect to leverage / steal the work of others. To write a monolithic website is dumb and selfish." Borrowing stuff from all over the web "real time" in the way the author suggests will eventually result in a maintenance nightmare. If you don't care about quality, please sign up. IMHO we don't need more broken, recycled content on the internet, but I work with applications where security, intellectual property, sustainability and etc matter. Summary: If I you are interested in generating / regurgitating a mountain of content, which will be broken in 3 months, follow this author's advice.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird's Eye View of HTML5 for Web Developers October 27, 2011
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HTML5 has been perhaps the most talked about revision of the web's native tongue since the early days of hyperlinked graphical online content. Over the years web has evolved far away from the paradigm of various linked "documents" which featured animation and interactivity as a bit of an afterthought. Various websites have become sophisticated enough to handle even the most demanding tasks that until recently on stand-alone desktop applications were capable of accomplishing. HTML alone was unable to handle many such applications on its own, and their implementation oftentimes require almost heroic efforts of coding wizardry and an alphabet soup of various online add-ons. This is where HTML5 comes in. It is designed from the ground up to be both compatible with previous versions of HTML, and provide the developer with an integrated approach to a whole variety of online formats and behaviors.

Brett McLaughlin's "What Is HTML5?" is a longish article that aims to explain the rationale and importance of HTML5 from a very conceptual standpoint. This eBook is aimed primarily at the web developer community, but even those of us who are less immersed in all the intricacies of cool website design can appreciate the information that we can glean from reading this material. This is not a technical introduction to HTML5, so if you are looking for a brief description of all the new tags and features you will be seriously disappointed. However, if you are interested in understanding how exactly is HTML5 revolutionizing web development and what its implementation means for the whole industry, then you will find many very interesting insights and points within this eBook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed January 13, 2013
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It's not describing anything in detail only writes broadly about HTML5.

If you are a technical person or a developer it's totally waste of time.

I'm very disappointed about this "book"...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really informative February 26, 2013
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I did not fin this book, or rather article, informative. Based on the title, I expected it to define in technical terms what HTM5L is, and I expected it to be detailed and provide examples. I think the total content of the book could have been stated in about one half of a page.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to HTML5 September 23, 2011
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A good read. The tone and content of the article is simple, allowing for quick assimilation.

The author has not made this into a language syntax. The article traces the history of HTML, starting with large documents, lots of links to other documents and now to a collage, a mashup based approach where content resides in multiple web servers. The article correlates the use of Javascript and Flash in traditional HTML and the power that comes with HTML5. Attached some choice snippets from the article

* Once you really understand HTML5, you'll change the way you think about the web.
* HTML5 is again the most usable and indexable tool available for web content; the content is even richer than before
* The winners in an HTML5 world are those who stop fearing being stolen from, and actually start handing out their candy to every kid on the block
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