What is HTML5?


What is HTML5? is a concise introduction into the differences between legacy HTML standards and the latest standard, HTML5.

This short book takes a look at HTML5 and offers a simple proposition with a lot of complex consequences: HTML5 is both something entirely new, and yet nothing more than HTML was ever intended to be; and that once the reader really understands HTML5, he or she changes the way they code and even think about the web and their own web applications.

HTML5: Everyone’s using it, nobody knows what it is. I realize that sounds more like a line out of an existential movie — maybe Waiting for Godot or a screenplay by Sartre — than a statement about HTML5. But it’s really the truth: most of the people using HTML5 are treating it as HTML4+, or even worse, HTML4 (and some stuff they don’t use). The result? A real delay in the paradigm shift that HTML5 is almost certain to bring. It’s certainly not time to look away, because by the time you look back, you may have missed something really important: a subtle but important transition centered around HTML5.


Total pages:10
Author:Brett McLaughlin


  • A return to first principles
  • HTML5: Still connecting things
  • HTML5 connections are the new rich media
  • JavaScript isn’t the focus of HTML5 …. right?
  • Container-based web pages: A step (sort of) in the right direction
  • The canvas element is a programmable div
  • Mobile: Killer application, ho-hum client
  • … and a partridge and a pear tree

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