HTML5 Cookbook

Christopher Schmitt, Kyle Simpson

Published by

O’Reilly Media





Reviewed by

Jason Ross CEng MBCS CITP


10 out of 10


HTML5 is apparently the next step in the development of the web, so it seems sensible for those of us who have an interest in web-related work to learn more about it. This book, like the others in O'Reilly's ‘Cookbook’ range, aims to teach the important aspects of HTML5 by example.

Starting with the basics of the new structural and semantic mark-up elements, the book quickly covers their purposes and usage best practices. New features for forms, multimedia, accessibility and geolocation are all covered, as are microdata and advanced HTML5 JavaScript.

The features of HTML5 are documented in a ‘problem/solution’ format, so each of them comes with at least one practical example of its use. The examples are generally quite simple, but can be fairly large for the more complex features. They are all well documented and easy to follow.

One of the major concerns with adopting HTML5 as a standard for a website is that by no means all browsers support it yet. The book describes a number of methods involving style sheets, templates and JavaScript to automatically work around features not implemented in each visitor's browser.

As part of O'Reilly's range, this book has a lot to live up to. It does this easily and is a valuable addition to any web developer's reference library.

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May 2012