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suggest good book on html 5

gurpeet singh
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Joined: Apr 04, 2012
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hi guys,
I have started learning html5 . i would like to know the best book for html5. currently i'am having headfirst html5. would that be enough. is there some other good book than headfirst ?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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I haven't read the Head First so I can't say if it is enough. I really liked the HTML Manual of style (linked to review). Maybe compare the table of contents to see if it covers more.

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Greg Charles

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The Heads First book seems to take the approach that you know everything you need about HTML 4 and CSS 2, and just are trying to figure out what's new. It talks briefly about new tags and selectors, then launches into JavaScript and stays there awhile. I was trying to go through it with my wife, who is a beginner at web pages, and she was lost almost immediately. We're now trying out, "Teach Yourself Visually HTML 5", by Mike Wooldridge, but it hasn't really grabbed us either. I read "HTML, XHTML, and CSS, 6th ed." some time ago and I remember liking it. I see there's a 7th edition out now (covering HTML 5, CSS 3, and dropping XHTML). That might be a good one to try, though the Amazon reviews of it are sort of disappointing.

I guess what I'm saying is, let me know when you find one!
gurpeet singh
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Thanks Jeanne and Greg. i will surely look into the books you have told. Greg i currently have html, xhtml css -Visual quick start guide - 6th edition. i'am liking it alot. after covering html 4 and css2 from it i want to move to html5 so wanted to know any good book out there.
Elisabeth Robson
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Hi Gurpeet,
Head First HTML5 Programming is all about the JavaScript APIs in HTML5, and not about the core HTML & CSS technology. That's what Head First HTML & CSS is all about (2nd edition currently underway!). So definitely read a book about HTML & CSS before diving into Head First HTML5 Programming; that will teach you JavaScript and how to use JavaScript with the HTML5 elements, like canvas and video, as well as local storage, web workers, etc.

Hope that helps!!


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