I recently splurged for our team at Atilus and bought the entire A Book Apart series, described as “Brief books for people who make websites.”
The series is written by A List Apart alum and features the very same writers and forewords by-the same people that initially helped me learn web design (if only through their amazing books on XHTML & CSS).
It was with excitement that I recently rediscovered A List Apart (a blog/web resource for those passionate about the web) and then I realized the book ad coaxing my attention from the lower right corner of the website.
HTML 5 for Web Designers Review
HTML 5 holds true to the series’ mission – it’s a brief book, and in no way an exhaustive resource if you’re looking for every nuance, spec, an change in HTML 5. It starts with a brief history of HTML, the current problems with standards (and competing standards) and then dives into the meat of HTML 5.
And, it only does that – talk about exactly what you need to know about HTML 5 as an existing web designer, the elements that have changed, or been added that you need to know about – and nothing more. Unlike other books I’m reading on HTML 5 Keith’s book doesn’t dive into some new core features of HTML 5 and it’s interaction with the browser, namely HTML 5 compatible browser’s ability to post/store data to the browsers native SQLite database – a huge advancement in the capability (and feature-set) of HTML 5.
However, this is appropriate as this book seems to be geared more towards giving us UX/Front End developers exactly what we need to start working with HTML 5 today – and not incorporate any completely new skillsets – just enhancing our existing ones.
I would give this book a 8/10 – with marks off for it’s brevity (frankly for the price it could have been longer) and it’s lack of additional content on HTML 5 that could have been included.
Overall a fantastic book if you’re already a developer and want to quick study up – and begin utilizing HTML 5 in your code today. If you’ve never touched HTML and wish to start with HTML 5 – I recommend you first start with another book.