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- Print Length: 24 pages
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- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 13, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 13, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005ISQ7JM
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What Is HTML5? Kindle Edition
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The author seems to be especially impressed with several new elements that extend the language in the areas of media such as audio and video. He also spends time discussing the ease with which a web designer and programmer will be able to pull content from external websites and manipulate this data or content. He advocates more sharing of content resources amongst sites including media and sections of code.
As a sometimes web programmer, I would have appreciated some code samples implementing and highlighting some of these new features to get a better feel for how they might be used and how they could be an improvement over the way things have been done under the current language standards. Since this ebook is actually a sample article rather than a full-blown, in-depth book on the new HTML5, I suppose we'll see these coding examples only in the full book.
Recommended for a technically experienced audience.
I had hoped that his book would concisely explain HTML up until HTML5 and then cover the differences. It does not. The author could summarize the entire book with "HTML5 is good. It does stuff that 4 can't do, so you should be excited like I am".
I will end this review with a random excerpt from the book. Every chapter is like this, so if you like what you read below, it could be a good read for you, but I like my books on technical things to be a lot more technical:
"Yes, there is a limit to semantic meaning. Yes, the canvas becomes a big blog that contains something, but that something has minimal outside visibility. But it's still a step forward, and heralds what is hopefully a wealth of GPU studs and studettes making HTML5 do far more than anyone thought possible. (Studettes: another made up word, but these are good words. Webster, anyone? Urban Dictionary?)"
The author, Brett McLaughlin, is an acknowledged expert om XML and Java. He has a gift of sharing his knowledge in a way that is understandable by a non-expert. This book is written in an easy to read conversational style. It talks about rather complex concepts and structures but in the accessible terminology, which can be understood by a technical person who is not a super experienced web developer. I got a lot out of this discussion in terms of general concepts and what HTML5 is good for, and how it is different from the previous HTML versions.
This book is not a programming tutorial, however it makes HTML5 sounds so interesting when you end this book you might want to start looking for a tutorial to dive deeper.
Ali Julia review
This book is more like a lengthy blog post or a lecture transcription than than an informative book or pamphlet. Its style is somewhat off-the-cuff and opinionated, and it doesn't have the same "polish" that a formally-published book should have. Sentences are often wordy, and written with passive voice; complex words ("axiomatic", "heterogeneous") are sometimes used where simpler ones would suffice; and the narrative meanders at times, rather than staying on-topic.
Instead of answering the question "What is HTML5?, this pamphlet seems to answer a totally different one: "Why does Brett LcLaughlin like HTML5?"
Code samples are lacking. There's only one significant code sample: a section of HTML from Twitter, and that one sample is HTML4, not HTML5.
Rather than talk about how nice the new <video> and <audio> tags are, I'd rather the pamphlet show me side-by-side (or over-and-under) samples of HTML5's improvements over HTML4.
I hate to complain too much about a free book, but with a name like O'Reilly attached to it, I really expected more than I got.