HTML5: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) by Matthew MacDonald

By Matthew MacDonald

HTML5 is greater than a markup language—it's a dozen self sufficient net criteria all rolled into one. earlier, all it's been lacking is a handbook. With this thorough, jargon-free consultant, you'll methods to construct internet apps that come with video instruments, dynamic drawings, geolocation, offline internet apps, drag-and-drop, and lots of different positive factors. HTML5 is the way forward for the net, and with this publication you'll achieve it quickly.

The vital things you have to know:
* Structure websites in a brand new way. learn the way HTML5 is helping make website design instruments and se's paintings smarter.
* Add audio and video with no plugins. construct playback pages that paintings in each browser.
* Draw with Canvas. Create shapes, photographs, textual content, and animation—and lead them to interactive.
* Go far with style. Use CSS3 and HTML5 to jazz up your pages and adapt them for cellular units.
* Build internet apps with wealthy computer features. permit clients paintings together with your app offline, and strategy user-selected records within the browser.
* Create location-aware apps. Write geolocation purposes at once within the browser.

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But first, it’s worth climbing into the minds of the people who built HTML5. Once you understand the philosophy behind the language, the quirks, complexities, and occasional headaches that you’ll encounter in this book will make a whole lot more sense. 1. Don’t Break the Web “Don’t break the Web” means that a standard shouldn’t introduce changes that make other people’s web pages stop working. This rarely happens. “Don’t break the Web” also means that a standard shouldn’t casually change the rules, and in the process deem perfectly good current-day web pages to be obsolete (even if chapter 1: introducing html5 15 Three Key Principles of HTML5 they still work).

For example, browser makers started implementing CSS3 before CSS2 support was finished, and many CSS2 features were later dropped. The only difference is that now HTML5 makes the “living language” status official. Still, it’s no small irony that just as HTML is embarking on a new, innovative chapter, it has finally returned full circle to its roots. org/html. org. Three Key Principles of HTML5 By this point, you’re probably eager to get going with a real HTML5 page. But first, it’s worth climbing into the minds of the people who built HTML5.

Feature Detection with Modernizr For the next few years, it’ll be a fact of life that some of your visitors’ browsers won’t support HTML5. That doesn’t need to stop you from using these features, if you’re willing to put in some work to create a workaround or degrade gracefully. Either way, you’ll probably need the help of some JavaScript code. The typical pattern is this: Your page loads and a script runs to check whether a specific feature is available. Unfortunately, because HTML5 is, at its heart, a loose collection of related standards, there’s no single support test.

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