- Paperback: 786 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (June 16, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491949465
- ISBN-13: 978-1491949467
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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The second major part of the book moves from the web programming side of things to consider CSS and HTML5. Aspiring web designers should be aware that– despite the book’s occasional claims to be for those who want to learn how to “style and lay out” web pages (p. xxii)– this is not the book from which to learn the nuances of web design with CSS and HTML5. The book does not cover the new semantic elements in HTML5 (though an explanation for this is given on p. 601), nor does it cover all of web design’s intricacies (divs, spans, floats). The book’s chapters on CSS could serve as a helpful primer or refresher for the web programmer who needs to do some light web design work, though. The coverage of CSS3 and HTML5 is good; Nixon discusses many of the ways that HTML5 and CSS3 are changing (and often simplifying) the way to do things on the web, from streamlining layout and display to displaying audio and video, while still explaining how to support older browsers.
This may not be the final word on web programming– given how much things are in transition at the moment, it is hard to know how any single book could be– but as an introduction and a practical set of tools, this book is recommended.
(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from O'Reilly as a part of their Reader Review program.)
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