What Is HTML5?
A New Way to Look at the Web
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: July 2011
Pages: 10

HTML5: Everyone’s using it, nobody knows what it is. I realize that sounds more like a line out of an existential movie — maybe Waiting for Godot or a screenplay by Sartre — than a statement about HTML5. But it’s really the truth: most of the people using HTML5 are treating it as HTML4+, or even worse, HTML4 (and some stuff they don’t use). The result? A real delay in the paradigm shift that HTML5 is almost certain to bring. It’s certainly not time to look away, because by the time you look back, you may have missed something really important: a subtle but important transition centered around HTML5.

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        1.0

        A terrible blog post

        By Glauber Rocha

        from Paris, France

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        O'Reilly is by far my favorite publisher of computer books. I signed up to download this e-book, and its being free doesn't mean it's not a total disgrace and a very poor marketing move. The content is uninteresting and the cretinous wise guy tone makes me want to retch ("Bye bye scrolling; hello useful linking. This is all pretty standard fare, and if much of this is new to you, then the waters are going to get deep quickly."). Bye bye indeed!

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            I've just read it, not really interesting.
            It is too quick, it is better to buy a real book that goes deep into the subject.

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            3.0

            unexciting introduction to HTML5

            By Michal Konrad Owsiak

            from Poland

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media What Is HTML5?:

              I didn't make through. I just stopped in the middle.

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                  It was free so I grabbed it. His point seemed to be that HTML5 makes mashups easier and it easier to replace Flash sites. He calls out canvas as a step away from this mashupable web. It was nice to read while waiting in an airport.

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                  4.0

                  What is HTML 5 ?

                  By Abi

                  from Chennai, India

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                    Comments about O'Reilly Media What Is HTML5?:

                    Brett McLaughlin, begins the book saying "HTML5: Everyone's using it, nobody knows what it is." He then sets out to explain what HTML 5 actually is and how its different from its predecessors (HTML4+,HTML4 etc) and how its changing the web. I felt this is more of a 18-paged-blog-post rather than a book. It took me only 1 hour to complete this.

                    He talks how audio/video handling changes with HTML 5, what a canvas element is and also makes web pages display easy in mobile devices and tablets. Mobile devices come with HTML-5 capable browsers and there is no special tags in HTML 5 to accommodate these devices. This brings down programming efforts and erases the boundries between a desktop browser display and mobile device display of a web page.

                    This book intends to highlight how HTML 5 is changing the web and achieves just that. You won't find syntactical details on canvas or other elements usage. A different book may be needed for that. I would suggest Mark Pilgrims 'HTML-5 Up and running' book for that.

                    I have earlier reviewed a HTML 5 video by Brett which clearly illustrates his in-depth knowledge in HTML-5. His clear and precise language and sense of humor is what made me pick this book for Oreilly's blogger review program. I would recommend this book to a friend who wants to quickly get the HTML-5 basics right.

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                    Don't judge a book by its cover

                    By Jim the Runner

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