HTML5: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)

HTML5: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)

Matthew MacDonald

Language: English

Pages: 449

ISBN: 1449363261

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

HTML5 is more than a markup language—it's a dozen independent web standards all rolled into one. Until now, all it's been missing is a manual. With this thorough, jargon-free guide, you'll learn how to build web apps that include video tools, dynamic drawings, geolocation, offline web apps, drag-and-drop, and many other features. HTML5 is the future of the Web, and with this book you'll reach it quickly.

The important stuff you need to know:
* Structure web pages in a new way. Learn how HTML5 helps make web design tools and search engines work smarter.
* Add audio and video without plugins. Build playback pages that work in every browser.
* Draw with Canvas. Create shapes, pictures, text, and animation—and make them interactive.
* Go a long way with style. Use CSS3 and HTML5 to jazz up your pages and adapt them for mobile devices.
* Build web apps with rich desktop features. Let users work with your app offline, and process user-selected files in the browser.
* Create location-aware apps. Write geolocation applications directly in the browser.

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1 I f HTML were a movie, HTML5 would be its surprise twist. HTML wasn’t meant to survive into the 21st century. The official web standards organization, the W3C (short for World Wide Web Consortium), left HTML for dead way back in 1998. The W3C pinned its future plans on a specification called XHTML, which it intended to be HTML’s cleaned-up, modernized successor. But XHTML stumbled, and a group of disenfranchised rebels resuscitated HTML, laying the groundwork for the features that you’ll

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