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Posted May 5, 2011
A great book for those beginning with HTML
I've been trying to get whatever reference books I can find to learn about HTML 5. Being a seasoned HTML web coder, I was surprisingly refreshed by the "ground up" approach I found in Step by Step HTML5 by Faithe Wempten.
Step by Step takes a very natural progression to learn HTML5. It starts you with the fundamentals of HTML. It teaches you how to code using a simple text editor and a web browser to create and view your web pages. The book slowly builds upon itself, getting into CSS stylesheets, form inputs, and eventually gets into some more advanced formatting techniques with div layouts. The final chapter in the book shows you how to used a more advanced web editing tool (Microsoft Expression Web) to do some of the same tasks you have done earlier. The book also contains a few appendices which aid in broader design issues, such as older browsers, style sheet guidelines, and even markup of pages to assist those that are blind or deaf. A list of old HTML tags that have been "retired" with the arrival of HTML 5 is also listed.
What I really appreciate about this approach is that often times a beginner will jump straight into the advanced web editing tool, without understanding the fundamentals of HTML. When this happens, sometimes code can be cluttered, or errors can be made because the user is often dealing with the "pretty view" of things and not understanding the ramifications of simply dragging items into the work area. In addition, "HTML 5" is an update (an albeit significant one) to the "HTML specification", and often times books treat HTML 5 as a separate entity. This book treats all "HTML 5" as a "HTML", only making a few notes indicating what features are new.
Step by Step HTML 5 is a great way for anybody to get started with learning to create web pages, regardless of experience. This book will most likely not be valuable to seasoned HTML programmers, but it is also handy if they want a refresher with HTML, including the features of HTML 5. They will find the appendices helpful that cover design considerations.
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Posted July 6, 2012
This publication is mostly a disappointment. I own several SBS volumes and I can now say the quality of each one varies. What makes this one different from the others is that it is not about a Microsoft product. I've recently finished chapter 5, I believe and find it uninspiring, though I plan to complete the book. HTML 5 SBS comes with a plethora of sample files that, so far, correspond to the book. BTW, I have the Nook for PC version, not the printed version. My reasons for purchasing this volume and resulting assessments are: 1. I did want a basic introduction to HTML 5. It is very basic. 2. I have an HTML reference and found it no good because it doesn't teach me the big picture of how to use HTML (HTML 5: The Complete Reference) is also poorly formatted. This volume is too simple and doesn't strike the right balance between understanding the big picture of HTML 5 and providing a reference. 3. I have a book that teaches me how to build a website. It is a recipe. It teaches me what to do, but not really why. The problems are: 1. The example changes are few and extremely simple; 2. There is no challenge, hence no learning to the book, so far. On the positive side, 1. It does include a few optional parameters when discussing specific tags. 2. It has mentioned one or two rules about the nature of HTML 5. Overall, I haven't finished the book yet so I don't know how valuable these insights are. B&N just sent a review request so I created one. But if the rest of the book is like the first 5 chapters, I'll be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2012
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