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HTML5: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)

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HTML5 is more than a markup language—it's a dozen independent web standards all rolled into one. Until now, all it's been missing is a manual. With this thorough, jargon-free guide, you'll learn how to build web apps that include video tools, dynamic drawings, geolocation, offline web apps, drag-and-drop, and many other features. HTML5 is the future of the Web, and with th

ebook, 448 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by O'Reilly Media, Incorporated (first published August 1st 2011)
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Neil Dauphinee
Apr 28, 2012 Neil Dauphinee rated it liked it
This is a good book for anyone who wants to explore the possibilities of HTML5. What I took away from the book, however, was that until a larger number of browsers get up to speed (notably Internet Explorer), HTML5 is not a wise choice for building a new (or updating an existing) website.

Heads-up: The is an example driven book - not a tutorial driven book. I was looking for the latter and bought the 'missing manual' offering because other 'missing manual' texts I've used were tutorial driven.

NJ Wong
Jan 20, 2016 NJ Wong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matthew MacDonald is one of my favourite IT authors, and this book does not disappoint. I always like the way he uses very useful and practical solutions to real-life programming problems as his teaching examples. And despite the fact that this book is called "HTML5", I actually learnt quite a bit about CSS and Javascript in this book. Highly recommended.
Jamie Belanger
Nov 07, 2014 Jamie Belanger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this to get up to speed on HTML5 since most web coding I do uses a mish-mash of pretty much every previous version. I rather liked the Missing Manual approach. This was well-written and easy to follow. Gave me lots of ideas for things I can update in my HTML code.
Jan 06, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a decent overview of HTML5. Not really a programming guide, but gives a good introduction to all of the features.
Shows a dislike for Internet Explorer fairly often, which got a little tiresome.
Anton Antonov
Nov 14, 2014 Anton Antonov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A gem for every newbie web guy.
Sep 16, 2014 Russ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Amied at people with knowledge of HTML/CSS/Javascript who want to get up to speed with the new symanics and features that have come about with HTML5.
Jul 23, 2012 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: web-design
I know everyone on goodreads is dying to know that I read this guidebook.
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this book is good
Dec 20, 2011 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have never been disappointed in the Missing Manual series. Easy to follow, pertinent material. As a bonus, the author provides a review of CSS and JavaScript (essential elements for HTML5).
Steve Lackey
Dec 25, 2012 Steve Lackey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent overview, but little coverage of new features like Canvass and the new File system and Data APIs.
Mellodi Parks
Jan 02, 2013 Mellodi Parks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was a good start for those of you wanting to learn. However, like any reference book like this. Don't rely on just one source of information.
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Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. He's particularly known for his books about building websites, which include a do-it-from-scratch tutorial (Creating a Website: The Missing Manual), a look at cutting-edge HTML5 (HTML5: The Missing Manual), and a WordPress primer (WordPress: The Missing Manual). He's also written a series of books about ...more
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