Guest Review: HTML 5

HTML5: Up and Running

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: August 2010
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Format: Paperback , 205pp
  • Sales Rank: 37,864


If you don’t know about the new features available in HTML5, now’s the time to find out. This book provides practical information about how and why the latest version of this markup language will significantly change the way you develop for the Web.
HTML5 is still evolving, yet browsers such as Safari, Mozilla, Opera, and Chrome already support many of its features — and mobile browsers are even farther ahead. HTML5: Up & Running carefully guides you though the important changes in this version with lots of hands-on examples, including markup, graphics, and screenshots. You’ll learn how to use HTML5 markup to add video, offline capabilities, and more — and you’ll be able to put that functionality to work right away.
  • Learn new semantic elements, such as &#lt;header&#gt;, &#lt;footer&#gt;, and &#lt;section&#gt;
  • Meet Canvas, a 2D drawing surface you can program with JavaScript
  • Embed video in your web pages without third-party plugins
  • Use Geolocation to let web application visitors share their physical location
  • Take advantage of local storage capacity that goes way beyond cookies
  • Build offline web applications that work after network access is disconnected
  • Learn about several new input types for web forms
  • Create your own custom vocabularies in HTML5 with microdata

David’s Thoughts

This book shows how to use many of the new elements of web design present in HTML 5. It is not intended to be a complete reference manual for HTML.  The author seems very knowledgeable of proper HTML use and web design.  However, I gave up on trying to read the whole book.  The first couple of chapters seem to be background history on HTML and the internet in general.  Aside from HTML 5 being the newest thing to use, I don’t understand why the history lesson was included in the book.  The remaining chapters each cover a different topic illustrating the new elements, (i.e. canvas in chapter 4, video in chapter 5, geolocation in chapter 6, etc.).  Some of the elements are covered in great detail, while others seemed to be quickly glossed over.  I read the digital version and it is full of external links to websites for ‘further reading’.  Frankly, this irritated me to no end.  I felt like I was browsing wikipedia, where every article I read has a ton of links to other articles explaining what I was just reading about.  I could have easily spent more time reading the ‘further reading’ links than the actual book.
If you’re looking to make a website incorporating one of the items covered in this book, it may be a good buy.  But don’t expect to build an entire website, as the book isn’t designed to cover building a whole page, just sections.  Honestly, I’m glad I have the digital version as I don’t think the book is worth taking up shelf space.

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13)
Ghost Story  by Jim Butcher
When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. 

But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. 

To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic…

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading .

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Skipping a Beat: A Novel
Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen
Page 38
Our concersations were like Russian nesting dolls: With each layer of thoughts and fears and memories we uncovered, we only grew more eager to delve deeper, to tease apart outer facades, until we finally uncover each other’s hidden, secret parts.
What is your teaser this week?