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HTML5 in Action - nice introduction, question about positioning and layouts

 
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Rob Crowther, Joe Lennon, Ash Blue and Greg Wanish,

Thank you very much for writing the book, and for taking time for this giveaway. Like many or probably the great majority of developers working with HTML, my learning has been haphazard. I read the first chapter of your book and was surprised by semantic elements (e.g. <section>), the range type as part of the standard (I've been using an old, ugly Javascript library to implement sliders for years), and a number of other things. And it's funny to see your section on html5shiv and Modernizr, because I was researching their use yesterday.

But when I'm wrestling with HTML for work, the biggest headache is simply positioning page elements so that it's readable and somewhat aesthetically pleasing from 1024x768 up to 2560x1600. (I don't even have to worry about phones for our application, at least not yet.) Does the book cover that topic in any detail? I have all the usual headaches - fixed pixel widths and heights don't scale well, and even percentages that look good at some sizes look ridiculous at others.

Thanks for your time.
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No, we don't cover any CSS stuff except incidentally as part of the application build. If you're interested in modern page layout techniques you should check out The Responsive Web by Matthew Carver. Another good book on the subject is Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte. For a short introduction to CSS3 layout techniques you could also read chapter 8 of my other book Hello! HTML5 and CSS3.
 
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Rob Crowther wrote:No, we don't cover any CSS stuff except incidentally as part of the application build. If you're interested in modern page layout techniques you should check out The Responsive Web by Matthew Carver. Another good book on the subject is Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte. For a short introduction to CSS3 layout techniques you could also read chapter 8 of my other book Hello! HTML5 and CSS3.



Rob Crowther,

Wow, that was a prompt response. Thanks! I will check out those other books.
 
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I have not had time to read up HTML 5 yet since I am on struts framework at my place of work. How does HTML 5 fit in with the numerous web UI frameworks out there?
 
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It's not really a case of HTML5 fitting in with the web UI frameworks, it's the web UI frameworks that will adapt to fit in with HTML5. Browsers don't care how the markup is generated on the server side, just what that generated markup is.
 
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Rob beat me to it, but I was also going to recommend The Response Web http://www.manning.com/carver/
 
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