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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 m...more
ebook, 222 pages
Published August 6th 2010 by O'Reilly Media
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Pilgrim's HTML5: Up and Running (H5UaR) is a short book and has a far more conversational tone than I'm used to with O'Reilly technical books. Both aspects are highly appropriate to the nature of the subject.

Pilgrim's greatest strength in H5UaR is acknowledging the sordid history of HTML support, the sordid present, and the no-doubt sordid future. The first chapter is a wonderful (and interesting) bit of history of HTML and MIME Types. I already felt well-versed in the story, but Pilgrim has une...more
Eric Phetteplace
Jun 06, 2011 Eric Phetteplace rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Web app developers
Shelves: lis-web
I actually read the free e-book available over at but that's not enough of a real book to qualify on Goodreads, being hosted on the author's website and all.
Great book overall, replete with bits of history and working code. I like that each HTML5 feature was prefaced with a list of supporting browsers and Pilgrim provides a fallback for almost every function. The example sites were pretty useful as well. Very accessible even for those of us with no Javascript knowledge. I think...more
Jeanne Boyarsky
“HTML 5 Up and Running” is the print version of the book posted at It covers the new features in HTML 5 along with which browsers support what (and how to do feature detection.) It's a concise book at 205 pages and sells for just under $20 dollars.

At the moment, the content is current. This may or may not change depending on how faithfully the browsers implement the spec.

I bought the book for two reasons:
1) I read the HTML version in it's entirety and wanted to support the aut...more
Monica Willyard
This is a concise and effective book meant for more experienced web designers wanting to update their skills to use the power of HTML5. Though concepts are explained, prior knowledge of some HTML is assumed. If you just need to know about new elements and properties, this book fills the bill. I keep it on my tech books shelf in my home office.
Chad Warner
This short book is packed with HTML5 examples, aimed at those already familiar with HTML. Because I build websites, not web apps, I was more interested in the new semantic elements, forms, audio, and video than in canvas, geolocation, local storage, and offline web apps.

This book explains more of HTML's history than other HTML5 books I've read, which I actually enjoyed. I didn't know much about microdata, so it was enlightening to see how search engines can extract information from microdata to...more
I can honestly say I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing style is very conversational, witty and light-hearted. It is, in fact, more or less a printed version of, which might partly explain the informal style.
The book gives a proper overview of what HTML5 is and isn't, and what you can do with it right now. Strangely, though, it does not give a complete overview of all the new tags, just the most important ones. It does provide a detailed description of how to conve...more
A perfect introduction into the new features in HTML5. Gives the reader (at least reading the e-book) tons of links to examples and a plethora of resources for further information and more in-depth articles, along with recommendations for tools that will be of use to any web developer. Many of the new features in HTML5 are not yet supported by various browser, depending on the feature and browser version, so this book serves as somewhat of a glimpse as to where the web is (or may be) heading in...more
Some time ago I took it upon myself to try to learn, or at least familiarize myself with HTML5. I took out a stack of books from the library, including this one, and resolved to try and read through all of them. Time went by and my desire to learn waned, but I still held onto the hope that I would eventually at least look through them, become somewhat familiar with the concepts, even if I couldn't really write code.

I eventually had to return the books. And then I took one out again! And it stil...more
Tom Olson
Originally submitted at O'Reilly

This book is a great resource for those who know about HTML5 but want just a little more information. I found the author provided very complete and understandable information on HTML5 features, such as canvas drawing, mutimedia support, geolocation, offline data storage and microdata. I appreciated his first chapter dedicated to the thought process behind HTML, giving some insight of what thought goes into adding standards that usually goes unnoticed. I am also gr...more
Kathy Davie
A how-to manual that explores the new offerings of HTML5.

My Take
Interesting, but I didn't feel that it was getting me up and running!

First, let me say that this is more for an intermediate experienced web designer who already is comfortable with coding in HTML and CSS although if the book was intended for more advanced users, I don't understand why he spent so much time on the history of HTML.

I found the whole book uneven with some of his topics too briefly peeked at while others went into much...more
I read this in its Internet form, where it's called Dive Into Html5, and it's great! In addition to being a great history and overview of the evolution of Html, the e-book also acts as a simple but effective application of Html5 techniques and features. This is one of the few books that actually works better as an e-book.

My only gripe was that it's effectively covering a technology in its infancy (not really its fault, of course), and had to include "Feature not implemented" disclaimers for a lo...more
Vojta Svoboda
Celkem podrobná knížka, včetně historických návazností. Nejenom základní popis, ale i ukázka např. kreslení na canvas. Pro rychlý přehled je lepší spíš knížka "HTML5 for Web Designers - Jeremy Keith".

Podrobně je rozebráno: detekce podpory HTML5 (vše míří na knihovnu Modernizr); nové sémantické tagy; a možnosti kreslení jednotlivých elementů; včetně ukázat konvertování videa na různé formáty; geolokace; localStorage; offline; nové typy input prvků; mikrodata.

Chyběl mi popis: Web Workers, contentE...more
Alessandro Pellizzari
Una guida introduttiva alle principali novità di HTML 5. Tratta principalmente quello che è già supportato da diversi browser, invece di perdere troppo tempo in funzionalità non ancora ben definite nello standard e non supportate. Non tratta assolutamente delle novità di CSS3 e Javascript2, ognuna delle quali avrebbe richiesto un manuale a parte. Ottimo lo specchietto riassuntivo con le versioni minime dei browser richiesti per ogni funzionalità, la trattazione di come "adattare" i vecchi browse...more
I don't have a deep knowledge of code so I can't speak to whether or not all of that stuff is well wrought or not (it's unlikely, for example, that I'm going to be doing anything with the canvas element). But Pilgrim's explanations of the state of the field of html and how we arrived at where we're at as well as why html5 makes things easier are thorough, understandable and entertaining (assuming you're the kind of person who can find the foibles of standards groups and cludge hacks entertaining...more
Naga Laxmi
Feb 15, 2014 Naga Laxmi is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Designed to introduce readers to the new features made available by HTML 5, this book also offers a broader context for understanding the origins and evolution of markup as a practice. On its way to guiding web developers to slicker applications enabled by HTML 5, Pilgrim dives into the whys and giving varying degrees of attention to the whats and hows of new tags and other capabilities offered by the updated markup language.
I had a great time reading this book. It's exciting stuff, and presented well mostly. Some parts get a little... copy-and-paste and unnecessary. But that's made up for with the humor. Things like "If you haven't heard of MP3s, I don't know what to do with you" (p.86). I laughed out loud a few times. And I'm excited to go play with some HTML5.

Also available online, or so,
Excellent read. I'd like very much for all IT books to be written in such great style. I'm not a developer by far, but even so - this book was an excellent overview of what lurks behind those hyped keywords of today's Web. Full of practical advices, straight to the point, and fun to read - if you're interested in what's here and what's to come in the world of HTML, read this book.
Nice primer to a lot of the newer big items in HTML5. I'd say it definitively clarifies a lot of what HTML5 is and isn't, for those curious about it's ability to cure cancer or end wars. Suggested by others as the first place to start for someone who knows basic dev, but wants to find out about new stuff- I'd make the same claim.
Frédéric Bourgeon
A very interesting read for anyone willing to dive into HTML5. It provides a good amount of content and isn't mean of exemples and advices. I honestly jumped over a few sections that in my opinion were a bit too long (details in Microdata mainly) but this books is great to read!
Margaret Heller
Definitely one of the more entertaining computer books I've read. I worked many of the examples, and it was not painful despite my less than stellar competence with Javascript. You will need to also use the website available at
I really enjoyed how this book provided little histories on how HTML came to be what it was. The narrative made the content much more enjoyable. As for the nuts and bolts content, it was just what I needed to get me down the road with HTML5.
Alex Ott
between 2 & 3 stars - book is inconsistent, many repetitions... Some elementary, things are explained in too many details, while other, are described without giving enough background information...
Guillermo Moreno
While it does present HTML5's new features quite well, it fails to adequately explain how to implement them. It's more of an explanation of what can be achieved with HTML5 than anything else.
Basic overview of the new HTML5 features. A few of them are useful to implement immediately, others will require time to see how/if browsers and users accept them.
Świetne wprowadzenie do HTML5! Dokładne opisy, ciekawe, krok-po-kroku przykłady, a do tego żywy i pełen humoru język. Bravo Mark! (e-book dostępny online!)
Duke DeLaet
Short read, but told me exactly everything I needed to know. Didn't think I was stupid, but didn't gloss over important things. No SVG stuff, though... bummer.
Unlike the normal hefty tome that covers everything in HTML, this is a slim book that focuses on the newest features of HTML5, and does so well.
Blake Winton
This is a great book. My only complaint is that it made me even more sad that Mark Pilgrim took down all the stuff he posted on the internet.
Tun Win Naing
Easy to read and bring a lot of information not only on HTML5 but also on previous HTML version, history of web and its evolution.
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