HTML5 Pocket Reference, 5th Edition
Quick, Comprehensive, Indispensable
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2013
Pages: 184

Need help finding the right HTML5 element or attribute for your web page or application? HTML5 Pocket Reference is the classic reference that web designers and developers have been keeping close at hand for more than thirteen years.

This fifth edition has been updated to reflect the current state of HTML5, including the HTML5 Candidate Recommendation, the emerging HTML5.1 Working Draft, and the living WHATWG standard. Features include:

  • An alphabetical listing of every element and attribute in HTML5, HTML5.1, and the WHATWG living standard
  • Descriptions, markup examples, content categories, content models, and start- and end-tag requirements for every element
  • At-a-glance notes indicating the differences between the HTML5 specifications and HTML 4.01
  • Useful charts of special characters
  • An overview of HTML5 APIs

If you’re an experienced web designer or developer who needs a quick resource for working with established web standards, this handy book is indispensable.

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    5.0

    Everything it is supposed to be

    By CeaRO

    from Mississauga, ON, Canada

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      Comments about oreilly HTML5 Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

      I use this booklet as a reference, sitting next to my keyboard when I am developing. It is well structured and organized. The font styles are useful and consistent. It is concise yet complete. A very helpful index section. Nice to see examples in such a concise book. In short, it is everything a handy reference book should be.

       
      5.0

      Consise and informative

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        Comments about oreilly HTML5 Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

        I haven't had a chance to apply much from it, but it made a very good survey of what HTML5 offers.

         
        5.0

        Excellent!

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        from Port Angeles, WA

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          Comments about oreilly HTML5 Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

          An excellent easy to reference guide. The alphabetical listing of every element and attribute makes it a breeze to reference and the detailed descriptions and markup examples make everything very easy to understand.

          I highly recommend the book to anyone.

          Kenia Taylor | Chapter Representative
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          5.0

          Concise handy reference

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          from Sydney, Australia

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            Comments about oreilly HTML5 Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

            Concise, relevant and easy to find, no surprises and in an easy to reference context. Provides a structure of definition, description and example usage.

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            4.0

            Handy, well-written Reference

            By mvark

            from Bangalore, India

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            Comments about oreilly HTML5 Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

            HTML5 Pocket Reference is a handy resource for both rookie and experienced web developers who work with the shiny new version of HTML. The book starts with a quick overview of HTML5. The meat of the 184-paged book is the alphabetic listing of all HTML5 elements and attributes and concise explanations about them.

            HTML5 has taken over a decade in the making and it is still evolving. There are two organizations, W3C & WHATWG, maintaining slightly different HTML specifications. Not all browsers support all of the HTML5 tags. There is still debate regarding the supported video formats for the video element. No single video file format is supported by all browsers. Inspite of all this, HTML5 holds promise. If you've only worked with HTML 4, you will be surprised with all that is new in HTML5. It includes a bunch of new APIs (Application Programming Interfaces standardize tasks that traditionally required proprietary plug-ins or custom programming) and a slew of new elements and attributes. Elements that weren't in HTML 4 are clearly marked out.

            This reference book doesn't cover HTML5 APIs. Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a "pocket" Reference. As HTML5 is yet to become a Recommendation and due to the evolving nature of the topic, some details in the book MAY change.

            I loved reading this book that I received through the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program and I will be referring it quite a lot. For anyone with an interest in building HTML5 web pages, this is a good book to own - whether you buy, beg, borrow or steal it.

             
            4.0

            Very handy HTML5 reference

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              Comments about oreilly HTML5 Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

              The book describes the main motivation behind HTML5, how the draft for HTML5 was created, who were the main contributors. The book presents which are the new semantic elements in HTML5 when and how should be these used. There is a section, which I consider very useful, about HTML5 event handlers. Each element and event handler is marked if that has a special behavior and is described what is the difference in certain situations.

              Jennifer added information about the new elements which are available in the HTML5.1 draft, she also added some useful tools(online resources) with the help of these you can check if the created HTML5 code is valid or not.

              I liked about the book, that is concise, for each element you have described its purpose, the semantic meaning, when and where(after, before, inside which tag) should it be used. Another important thing is, there are a lot of good and meaningful examples in the book which you can inspire from.

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