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HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World
Author(s): Alexis Goldstein, Louis Lazaris, and Estelle Wey
Published/Copyright: 2011, ISBN: 978-0-9808469-0-4, pages: 344
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 Five out of Five Stars
  Reviewed: January, 2012
  Reviewer: Linda Meserve
       If you are new to HTML5 and CSS3, this book will provide a solid foundation. If you are more experienced, this book still provides value with its holistic approach combining code examples while answering the question “why is this important?", then this is also the book for you. And if you are a non-technical reader, this book will give you enough highlights to help you understand why these newer standards will help with reduced efforts moving forward. The authors address these diverse audiences well.

     A geek and a history buff, I automatically explore a topic with the questions “how does this work?” and “how did we get here?”. This combination serves me well while capturing requirements or examining applications. The book appears to my style of thinking. It is easy to follow and appears to flow from beginner to advanced levels for each topic, giving each reader an opportunity to get into a particular topic as deeply as they wish.

     Along with the historical background, HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World outlines and provides examples of HTML5 and CSS3, including style, forms, audio and video, gradients, embedded fonts, geolocation, offline web apps, and the Canvas coordinate system. The book includes access to practical code examples that are easy to follow and available for download. They are also realistic, describing a web page that includes real world functionality.

     I like the book's emphasis on best practices and examples. HTML5 and CSS3 aims to reduce the amount of time and effort needed to complete minor tasks when rendering a web page. Designers and developers will change the way they work, and for the better. And they will be able to accomplish more of the minor tasks with less effort, leaving more time to focus on the "fun stuff" that motivates us in web design and development. This book covers these areas well.

     I also liked the book's focus on mobile devices. It's a "brave new world" out there. The multitude of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices provide strong levels of HTML5 and CSS3 support, and so the focus meshes well with the other topics. The book also addresses how to incorporate the newer technologies without ignoring the standards that are already in place. This can illustrate how an application evolves to meet an updated architecture in a reasonable manner.

     All in all, HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World is a good choice to get you started on the right track. You should consider it a solid addition for your resource library.
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