4 May 2010 6 am eastern

HTML5 For Web Designers

HTML5 For Web Designers, by Jeremy Keith.

WHEN MANDY BROWN, Jason Santa Maria and I formed A Book Apart, one topic burned uppermost in our minds, and there was only one author for
the job.

Nothing else, not even “real fonts” or CSS3, has stirred the standards-based design community like the imminent arrival of HTML5. Born out of dissatisfaction with the pacing and politics of the W3C, and conceived for a web of applications (not just documents), this new edition of the web’s lingua franca has in equal measure excited, angered, and confused the web design community.

HTML5 For Web Designers

Win free copies of HTML5 For Web Designers on Gowalla!

Just as he did with the DOM and JavaScript, Jeremy Keith has a unique ability to illuminate HTML5 and cut straight to what matters to accessible, standards-based designer-developers. And he does it in this book, using only as many words and pictures as are needed.

The Big Web Show

Watch Jeremy Keith discuss HTML5 with Dan Benjamin and me live on The Big Web Show this Thursday at 1:00 PM Eastern.

There are other books about HTML5, and there will be many more. There will be 500 page technical books for application developers, whose needs drove much of HTML5’s development. There will be even longer secret books for browser makers, addressing technical challenges that you and I are blessed never to need to think about.

But this is a book for you—you who create web content, who mark up web pages for sense and semantics, and who design accessible interfaces and experiences. Call it your user guide to HTML5. Its goal—one it will share with every title in the forthcoming A Book Apart catalog—is to shed clear light on a tricky subject, and do it fast, so you can get back to work.

4 May 2010
Jeffrey Zeldman, Publisher
A Book Apart “for people who make websites”
In Association with A List Apart
An imprint of Happy Cog

The present-day content producer refuses to die.

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38 Responses to “HTML5 For Web Designers”

  1. Robert Fauver said on

    Looking forward to reading it but during the checkout it says that the orders ship in June. Is that correct?

  2. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Thanks, Robert.

    Yes, we are collecting pre-orders now and shipping in a few weeks.

  3. Dan Donald said on

    Sounds great! Just noticed the link to the Gowalla giveaway isn’t linked up yet ;)

  4. Michel Tournier said on

    Just placed my order, looking forward to it.

  5. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Just noticed the link to the Gowalla giveaway isn’t linked up yet ;)

    At the moment it’s an Easter egg. ;)

  6. gpessia said on

    taken :) I notice that says “No. 1″ … expectations for future releases?

  7. mario said on

    Will it be possible to buy a Pdf copy or something like that?

  8. Ste Grainer said on

    Will there be ePub or Mobi versions available (either complimentary with purchase or as a separate additional charge)? I’m sure that, at 85 pages, the book will be perfectly portable, but I love having searchable tech books.

  9. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    expectations for future releases?

    Plenty! But that would be telling…

    Will it be possible to buy a Pdf copy or something like that?

    At the moment we are a purely dead-tree play. Books, books, books. The smell of books. The feel of paper.

    BUT e-pub versions are coming later.

  10. Antoine Butler said on

    Congrats on yet another great addition to the …Apart brand. I’ll be pre-ordering soon enough… that is if I can’t get my hands on the Gowalla giveaway ;)

  11. Jen Simmons said on

    Written / published / endorsed by the people who taught me webstandards and CSS2, back when it all made my brain hurt?
    Yes, please.
    It’s a total no-brainer decision to buy HTML5 For Web Designers. I can’t afford not to.
    Done and done.

  12. Stu Bamforth said on

    Just ordered my copy for shipping to Merry Old England.

  13. Petra Gregorova said on

    How could I say no to this… Can’t wait to have the book in my hands! THANK YOU in advance for a great book that you all put so much work and attention into! I’m sure the extra wait will be worth it as everything you guys do!

  14. Todd said on

    Another book to put on my wish list… boy, lots of books out that I want to get my hands on.

  15. Amrinder said on

    Ordered my copy but it didn’t ask for address or sth. Just selected my country-India. How will you guys find my small village in northern India?

  16. Mandy Brown said on

    @Amrinder: We will mail to the address on file with PayPal. If you need to update that address, please use this contact form to do so.

  17. Peter Winnberg said on

    While it does look awesome, isn’t it a bit strange to release a dead-tree book about a standard that isn’t finished. Why not wait at least until Last Call / Candidate Recommendation?

  18. Chris Hester said on

    Love the cover design! And the A Book Apart website design, now it’s live. What next for you guys? A Coffee Apart?

  19. Theo said on

    I think i need more room in my bookshelf as this one has number 1 and there will be more ( right ? ).

    “The present-day content producer refuses to die.” reminds me of Frank Zappa, however: A long life to the content producer !

  20. Webstandard-Blog said on

    Sounds good and looks good Jeffrey, but “only” 85 pages?

  21. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Webstandard-Blog said:

    Sounds good and looks good Jeffrey, but “only” 85 pages?

    A Book Apart produces brief books of 60 to 100 pages—the perfect size in terms of subject depth and coverage for our audience of professional web designers and developers.

    You could write a 10,000 page book about HTML5 (well, maybe you could) and still not say everything there is to say on the subject.

    Jeremy hasn’t written the ultimate compendium of everything any human being might want to know about every last aspect of HTML5. He has written a tight guidebook for web designers who are transitioning to HTML5 or strategizing such a transition.

    There’s not an extra word or a missing word. It’s just right. Read Chapter One at A List Apart and see what you think. (Chapter One, “A Brief History of Markup,” is the most general, least technical/least tactical chapter, as you’d expect.)

  22. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Peter Winnberg asked:

    While it does look awesome, isn’t it a bit strange to release a dead-tree book about a standard that isn’t finished. Why not wait at least until Last Call / Candidate Recommendation?

    Web designers need to begin understanding and working with HTML5 sooner than later. Some are working with it now; many could be. This guidebook facilitates that need.

    Additionally, an understanding of what’s different about HTML5 will help many web designers, clients, and firms decide if it makes sense for them to use HTML5 now or to wait; it will help them strategize the time and manner of their transition.

    The specifics the book covers are unlikely to change. We participated in the discussion that led to their clarification. Moreover, this is a strategic book, not a tactical one. Somebody sometime will do for HTML5 what Eric Meyer has done for CSS with books like CSS: The Definitive Guide. That will be a great book, but it will not be this book.

    This book is for standards- and accessibility-focused web designers who want to understand how HTML5 came to be, how it differs from prior markup languages, and especially how to approach its new semantics, forms, and rich media capabilities.

    In the author’s own words:

    Given its brevity, HTML5 for Web Desigers is obviously not an exhaustive look at everything in HTML5. There is no mention of offline storage, drag’n’drop or any of the other advanced JavaScript APIs. Instead, I’ve focused on forms, rich media, and most importantly, semantics. The book is intended as a primer for web designers who are hearing a lot of conflicting and confusing things about this strange amalgamation of technologies called HTML5. I hope to bestow some measure of clarity and understanding.

    Just as it is possible to use HTML5 today, it is possible to publish a book today about using HTML5. Make sense?

  23. Gerasimos said on

    I can’t wait for my copy. About the e-pub versions i have to say – and i think i represent many people – that even if books like that were sold with an iPad* as a bundle or something for a special price, i’d still go for the printed version.

    * i don’t own one.

  24. Victor Ortiz said on

    Hi Jeffrey,

    I scored a copy of the HTML5 book item while at the apple store this morning from Gowalla, but not sure how I’m supposed to claim it. Will the link that’s coming on Gawalla soon eventually show me how I’m supposed to claim it?


  25. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Congratulations, Victor!

    Stumbling onto an HTML5 FOR WEB DESIGNERS book in Gowalla is not the same as winning a free copy of the actual book. Many people will stumble onto icons of the book in Gowalla; only a handful of those folks will win the actual book. Rules will be posted soon, promise!

  26. Ted said on

    iPad version please. Or… HTML5 version

  27. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Hey, Ted. Stay tuned; we’re working on ebook versions. Follow @abookapart to learn when they’re released.

  28. Peter Winnberg said on

    That detailed response certainly makes enough sense for me to take a closer look.

  29. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Thanks, Peter! This subject came up again today while we were live-taping Episode 2 of The Big Web Show with Jeremy Keith as our special guest. Be sure to give it a viewing when the episode is posted at 5by5.tv/bigwebshow soon.

  30. fred said on

    webmasters nedd a good html books always and we are waitin ebook versions.

  31. Lee said on

    I`m reading “DOM script” written by Jeremy Keith. because his book is so good, I`ll be waiting for his other books ! ^^

  32. David said on

    I am with some of the others. eBook, ePub for me please for my IPad and hopefully a touch cheaper than printed version.

    I am sure this will be a really good publication and it’s going to be hard resisting buying the printed publication in June if that is out ahead of ebook version but I will try really hard.

    You see, my real bookcase is full of hardcopy books but my iBookcase has lots of space.

  33. Gerrit said on

    I’m totally excited about the book and was about to order it directly. Yes, the paper version. Although I’d love to have an ePub copy to search and take wherever I go.

    But you know what? The eBook discussion is not only about attitude on reading preferences or “look at my cool book shelf”. It’s about spreading the cool stuff around the globe. Shipping costs additional $9 which is just not right, right?

    So I’ll wait and pray and follow twitter until you provide an eBook version :)

  34. Ray said on

    Hey, will i ever see this book in my local bookstore? Or it’s only available thru your online shop? It would be cool if there’s a paper & eBook combo package/pricing too. I’m from Singapore btw. :D

  35. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Hey, will i ever see this book in my local bookstore? Or it’s only available thru your online shop?

    It is only available through our shop at http://books.alistapart.com/ . We are an independent publisher. A very independent publisher.

  36. devlim said on

    just wanna ask that if ebook was release, if i buy the actual book, can i get ebook ver?
    or i need to pay both if i want both?

    and if i per-order now, will i can free ebook when it release?

  37. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    just wanna ask that if ebook was release, if i buy the actual book, can i get ebook ver? or i need to pay both if i want both?

    When we release an e-book version, we’ll send people who purchased the printed book a special, secret discount code, so they can buy the ebook version for less.

  38. Robert Geifman said on

    I am really awaiting an epub version of this book to buy. I think it is silly that nowadays we all have some ebook readers, or millions of early adopters, who happen to be developers/designers -an iPad, and yet you ll only paper version only.

    I bought an ipad so i can read books so that my dusty library won’t be growing.

    Wouldn’t you agree that it’s time for a change?

    Greetings from Amsterdam

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