The problem with the Internet is that it’s not only vast but expanding exponentially on all fronts. It’s well beyond impossible to keep up. Even keeping up on a single defined element, such as HTML, is difficult.
These days I focus on WordPress, and working with CSS and PHP is also quite a challenge. I have quite enough to keep me busy.
So it was that although I’d heard rumblings about HTML5 I hadn’t paid it any attention at all.
Until I was asked to interview Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp, the authors of Introducing HTML5. Suddenly I found myself learning a lot.
My interview was published recently as HTML5: The 900-Page Gorilla with a Wide Ensemble:
With a 900-page specification, HTML5 is a daunting prospect for web designers. Fortunately Introducing HTML5 by Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp is a more modest 224 pages of guidance for web developers.
Bruce and Remy are not only enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subject, but are generous and kind too.
It was only half way through the interview that Remy mentioned one of his pet peeves:It’s ‘HTML5’ not ‘HTML 5’.Oops.
But then, the relaxed attitude is quite fitting, since one of the fundamental aspects of HTML5 is its forgiving and flexible nature.
Bruce and Remy were very interesting interview subjects and their book is full of useful information for anyone working with the web.
Inspired by Bruce and Remy, I watched the course HTML5 First Look (affiliate link):
In HTML5 First Look, author James Williamson introduces the newest HTML specification, providing a high-level overview of HTML5 in its current state, how it differs from HTML 4, the current level of support in various browsers and mobile devices, and how the specification might evolve in the future.
It was very clear, a great overview of HTML5 and a superb introduction to how it differs from previous specifications.
Between the video and the book I now feel very well informed, and know where to go for further information as I need it.
I’d suggest starting with the video and then moving on to the book, if, like me, you were starting with no knowledge of HTML5.
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