HTML5 for Web Designers

HTML5 for Web DesignersHTML Is The Longest HTML Specification Ever Written It Is Also The Most Powerful, And In Some Ways, The Most Confusing What Do Accessible, Content Focused Standards Based Web Designers And Front End Developers Need To Know And How Can We Harness The Power Of HTML In Today S Browsers In This Brilliant And Entertaining User S Guide, Jeremy Keith Cuts To The Chase, With Crisp, Clear, Practical Examples, And His Patented Twinkle And Charm How often do you laugh out loud while reading about coding standards a All the time b Exceedingly rarely, but I d like to c Never I hate laughter.If you answered a, I m afraid of you Please keep away If you answered c, I m afraid for you Come here you need a hug Otherwise, this book s for you Jeremy Keith presents a history of the evolution of HTML5 in a terse, satiric tone that makes this book a must read for anyone hoping to gain a greater familiarity with HTML5.The book is the f How often do you laugh out loud while reading about coding standards a All the time b Exceedingly rarely, but I d like to c Never I hate laughter.If you answered a, I m afraid of you Please keep away If you answered c, I m afraid for you Come here you need a hug Otherwise, this book s for you Jeremy Keith presents a history of the evolution of HTML5 in a terse, satiric tone that makes this book a must read for anyone hoping to gain a greater familiarity with HTML5.The book is the first in the A Book Apart series, and does a good job of setting the tone of brief efficient communication Each sentence conveys a meaningful bit of information.Keith s limited code samples provide clear examples of how to promote graceful degradation of audio and video content as well as how to test for browser compatibility with various new HTML5 features I ve even copied a couple of these samples over into a.js and a.css file of my own to form the basis of libraries to make my pages compatible with older browsers Or maybe I ll just use the Modernizr library, which the conclusion pointed me to.The book will probably appeal to linguists as well After a history of the evolution of HTML, Keith moves to information about how particular aspects of HTML5 originated or were selected, before progressing to a chapter on the semantics of the language.If I go on about this book much longer, I ll make it sound boring, and it s really quite a light read Go check it out I had pre ordered this book and received it yesterday it took me just over an hour the duration of my commute into NYC to zip through it Based on this, my quick review.The book is a slim 86 pages Given the amount of detail in the HTML5 spec, this may seem lightweight And in fact the author does spend the first 2 of only 6 chapters discussing the history and process behind the creation of this spec which further unsettled me BUT once you get to Chap 3 Rich Media through 6 Web F I had pre ordered this book and received it yesterday it took me just over an hour the duration of my commute into NYC to zip through it Based on this, my quick review.The book is a slim 86 pages Given the amount of detail in the HTML5 spec, this may seem lightweight And in fact the author does spend the first 2 of only 6 chapters discussing the history and process behind the creation of this spec which further unsettled me BUT once you get to Chap 3 Rich Media through 6 Web Forms 2.0, Semantics and Using HTML 5 Today , you immediately derive a benefit from the brevity.I see this book as an HTML5 buffet table You can get a quick taste of all the different flavors and features that make the spec so compelling to web designers and then given sufficient tools and pointers for those who want a vertical dinner on the aspects of primary interest The key takeways for me HTML5 favors practice over theory and, as the author puts it, paves the cowpaths rather than trying to forge a new road that will require a new learning curve from web designers Transparency tops lock in This should make rich media content easier to search, index and manipulate by not only making semantics visible but making every interaction with that content observable to the application Adoption is quite risk free While browser support is not yet ubiquitous, the author explains a few ways in which designers can get to evolve their web applications while still playing nice with browsers that are yet to catch up Summary Loved the buffet Now going in search of a week long series of dinners I did not spend a lot of time reading this book as it is a very short book By reading this book, I have revised some of my information regarding HTML5 and its history If you are about to read this book, be informed that this book will not teach you how to write HTML mark ups, and it will not teach you how to write CSS It will not introduce you to the whole web design world.This book will give you information around HTML5 history and specification It is a light reading for experienced web des I did not spend a lot of time reading this book as it is a very short book By reading this book, I have revised some of my information regarding HTML5 and its history If you are about to read this book, be informed that this book will not teach you how to write HTML mark ups, and it will not teach you how to write CSS It will not introduce you to the whole web design world.This book will give you information around HTML5 history and specification It is a light reading for experienced web designers and developers who are already familiar with HTML I really don t want to be a party pooper, but I must say that I learnedabout HTML5 by reading a couple of blog articles on the subject here and there The only new things I actually learned is that the anchor element can now act as a block level element, some new form features, the function of the scoped attribute, and the new content models I would suggest you to save your money, and instead find some online sources on HTML5, or just read Mark Pilgrim s free e book that covers the same I really don t want to be a party pooper, but I must say that I learnedabout HTML5 by reading a couple of blog articles on the subject here and there The only new things I actually learned is that the anchor element can now act as a block level element, some new form features, the function of the scoped attribute, and the new content models I would suggest you to save your money, and instead find some online sources on HTML5, or just read Mark Pilgrim s free e book that covers the same subject Great fast read for someone who wants a quick history and briefing of what the state is of HTML5 today Good place to look for tips to start to use HTML5 now, too After finishing the book, I m pretty excited to give a simple HTML5 website a shot Nice primer on HTML5 for those already familiar with previous implementations of hypertext mark up specs This is not a tome of thorough reference, nor an introduction for beginners author lists several resources in the end of the book for those seeking either This small book under 90 pages is designed for experienced developers interested in basic information on what adoption of a new standard would mean for them.Author starts with brief history of mark up languages, starting with SGML up Nice primer on HTML5 for those already familiar with previous implementations of hypertext mark up specs This is not a tome of thorough reference, nor an introduction for beginners author lists several resources in the end of the book for those seeking either This small book under 90 pages is designed for experienced developers interested in basic information on what adoption of a new standard would mean for them.Author starts with brief history of mark up languages, starting with SGML up to HTML 4.01, flavours of XHTML, and eventual failure of XHTML 2 project In first theoretical chapters J Keith discusses what led to demise of XML based HTML, and introduction of a new arguablypractical approach to ensure backward compatibility of legacy code, and faster adoption of new standards In describing design approach to the new specification, author, for example, explains difference between previously deprecated elements, and now either obsolete or redefined elements b and co are back.Afterwards we are presented with chapters of practical reference on topics like rich media embedded audio and video sans plug ins, JS APIs etc , Web Forms 2.0, new semantic mark up Rounds up the book a chapter on basic ideas for implementation of HTML5 today, though given infancy of the specification, and lack of browser support at the time, it comes off as a set of rough guidelines rather cursory, and underwhelming.One particular point on implementation and backward compatibility Any legacy code HTML or XHTML should be valid HTML5 document quote At the very least, you can take your existing HTML or XHTML documents and update doctype to DOCTYPE html p 82 , but DOCTYPE switching is not currently 2012 consistent with what author writes on p 13 The minimum information required to ensure that a browser renders using standards mode is the HTML5 doctype In fact, that s the only reason to include doctype at all An HTML document written without the HTML5 doctype can still be valid HTML5.In reality, one Internet Explorer 9 chocked up on my recent attempt Basic XHTML syntaxed static pages otherwise perfectly rendered in FF, Opera etc had issues with basic CSS rendering pixel based dimensions, and float property for columns After substituting HTML5 doctype for traditional XHTML 1.1 doctype, IE9 rendered as it should So ease of this transition seems to be greatly exaggerated, though IE9 is supposed to support many new specs and technologies.Overall, it is a good book, easy and fast, sprinkled with bits of humour, pleasurable read This is a wonderful book It doesn t attempt to teach you HTML from scratch It s intended for people who ve been working with HTML for a long time and just need to know what has changed in HTML5 It s concise, readable, and informative Best of all, it s funny Jeremy Keith writes about web design with obvious affection, even when it s exasperating Internet Explorer has special needs It would be inaccurate to say the XHTML 2 spec was going nowhere fast It was going nowhere very, very sl This is a wonderful book It doesn t attempt to teach you HTML from scratch It s intended for people who ve been working with HTML for a long time and just need to know what has changed in HTML5 It s concise, readable, and informative Best of all, it s funny Jeremy Keith writes about web design with obvious affection, even when it s exasperating Internet Explorer has special needs It would be inaccurate to say the XHTML 2 spec was going nowhere fast It was going nowhere very, very slowly It s just 85 pages long, so you can zip through it in an hour and a half, tops, and the last chapter is a guide to using HTML5 immediately and working around the middling support in current browsers It s ideal for getting started with HTML5 in a single afternoon I am very excited for HTML5 My experience with web design began in March 2004 I was young er than I am now , and I decided to make a personal website on GeoCities It was a gaudy affair that reflected my lack of design skills and made use of notorious elements like In the years that followed, I learned about web standards and accessibility Now my websites still reflect a lack of design skills, but at least they re accessible So I m happy that HTML5 s specifications are being developed with I am very excited for HTML5 My experience with web design began in March 2004 I was young er than I am now , and I decided to make a personal website on GeoCities It was a gaudy affair that reflected my lack of design skills and made use of notorious elements like In the years that followed, I learned about web standards and accessibility Now my websites still reflect a lack of design skills, but at least they re accessible So I m happy that HTML5 s specifications are being developed with accessibility and web standards in mind, as well as a healthy dose of realism when it comes to browser implementation We re never going to get a pure and perfect Web Let s see how close we can come though.Jeremy Keith is also excited for HTML5, and that excitement is evident in HTML5 for Web Designers From page 1 to page 85, Keith succinctly communicates the good, the bad, and the unfortunate about the HTML5 specification He touches on almost every important part of HTML5, including what may be the most pertinent question right now can we use HTML5 today The answer is yes I am using it on my site Almost every review I ve read comments on this book s length Its length is a selling point, as the A Book Apart website advertises it, and it is also a weakness Owing to the book s brevity, I can easily review each chapter, and then I ll conclude with an explanation of why, on balance, the quality in these pages truly does exceed their quantity.The first chapter is the brief history of markup chapter that seems obligatory for every book on HTML Every author gets to put his or her spin on the rise of the Web, the browser wars, the arrival of AJAX and Web 2.0, etc That s not a bad thing, and for those of us who are familiar with that history, it is always good to review When discussing HTML5, a good knowledge of where we have been is essential HTML5 is an attempt to create a markup language for the Web that puts our past behind us while embracing the legacy it has left Hence, in designing HTML5, WHATWG wants to curtail future browser wars by involving browser developers in the process At the same time, we can t just ignore what we already have in HTML 4.01 It s a delicate balancing act, and the opening chapter reminds us of the challenges involved.In chapter 2, The Design of HTML5, Keith focuses on how HTML5 differs from HTML 4.01, XHTML 1, and XHTML 2 He throws out a lot of the catchphrases making the rounds in the development community pave the cowpaths Aside from that, the changes he notes are fascinating examples of immediate relevance to web designers, e.g., the irrelevance of doctypes, the new rules regarding the anchor element, and the hooks into JavaScript APIs That last one is really cool, because it is the change about which I ve heard the last And then Keith admits that these are completely over his head, so he won t be covering him Not that I blame him They sound over my head as well.Chapter 3, Rich Media, covers three new elements in HTML5 that are making waves and Keith looks at each in turn, exploring the advantages, disadvantages, and state of implementation with major browsers Since my web design seldom involves multimedia, I haven t tried out these elements for myself It s great to see demonstrations like Detexify, which shows off the power of I like that Keith addresses the shortcomings of the implementations of these elements thus far, e.g., s inconsistent format support HTML5 for Web Designers is effusive about HTML5 but also realistic.I was really looking forward to the chapter on Web Forms 2.0 Indeed, this was one of the reasons I bought the book I haven t worked with forms in HTML5 yet, and the improvements to form controls look pretty cool Keith once again does an adequate job summarizing the changes to forms I was somehow expecting, so chapter 4 left me feeling underwhelmed However, I think this is the result of a misunderstanding on my part about what HTML5 offers for forms rather than a flaw in this book.The last two chapters, Semantics and Using HTML5 Today, are similar in content and significance, so I will address them together These chapters are perhaps the most important in the book, but they are also the most redundant There are many great online resources on HTML5 already indeed, Keith links to a lot of them, including the fantastic HTML5 Doctor So what Keith does in these chapters is littlethan reiteration of what I ve already read I learned a few new things, but most of the content in these chapters is covered indepth on sites like HTML5 Doctor.That is the trade off to having a brief book HTML5 for Web Designers is just a summary of what HTML5 offers It doesn t claim to be anything , and for designers who are unfamiliar with HTML5, this will probably be enough As someone familiar with some of HTML5 and unclear on other parts, I found this book useful but not quite as enlightening as I had hoped.Should you buy it You can definitely learn everything you d learn from this book elsewhere, and perhaps just as quickly, for free That being said, sometimes it is useful to have a reference book nearby HTML5 for Web Designers is a beautifully designed reference book, and it obviously won t take up much shelf space Keith s writing is clear and entertaining So the book s quality ultimately comes down to your expectations Be realistic about what you will get from an 85 page book, and you will find this satisfactory Note that this is for the original edition the newest edition is sitting in my shopping cart at A Book Apart This book breaks downs a few very important points about HTML5 that other books I ve read on the topic do not, and they all involve history Jeremy Keith explains how we got here, from the beginning with HTML 2.0 through the WHATWG and WC3 kerfuffles to the present 2010 day Knowing the history of HTML helps considerably in understanding what decisions were made and why Understanding Note that this is for the original edition the newest edition is sitting in my shopping cart at A Book Apart This book breaks downs a few very important points about HTML5 that other books I ve read on the topic do not, and they all involve history Jeremy Keith explains how we got here, from the beginning with HTML 2.0 through the WHATWG and WC3 kerfuffles to the present 2010 day Knowing the history of HTML helps considerably in understanding what decisions were made and why Understanding the design principles especially in the light of graceful degradation is also quite helpful As mentioned, this is an old edition and I m sure the new one is chock full ofup to date information At the same time, because of the solid principles Jeremy Keith describes the web standards groups are using, the first edition isn t inaccurate so much as missing all the cool stuff that s developed since so if this is the only edition you have access to, it s still worth the read Picking up a coding book, I m always afraid that I ll hit of boring brick wall of sleep inducing description and instruction that is impossible to follow Not only is this book highly readable, and in fact even entertaining, but it also is easy to understand and retain the material It starts with a background on the birth of HTML5, and uses this description of its history and the philosophy behind it to help explain what HTML5 is doing and why Along the way it includes suggestions and commenta Picking up a coding book, I m always afraid that I ll hit of boring brick wall of sleep inducing description and instruction that is impossible to follow Not only is this book highly readable, and in fact even entertaining, but it also is easy to understand and retain the material It starts with a background on the birth of HTML5, and uses this description of its history and the philosophy behind it to help explain what HTML5 is doing and why Along the way it includes suggestions and commentary about what features are currently working best and why, what sort of browser support is available currently, what tricks to employ for greater browser support and backwards compatibility, and how to deal with accessibility issues I highly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in the future of web developmen

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  • Paperback
  • 87 pages
  • HTML5 for Web Designers
  • Jeremy Keith
  • English
  • 11 April 2019
  • 0984442502