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HTML5 in Action by Rob Crowther, Joe Lennon, Ash Blue and Greg Wanish

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Chapter 1. HTML5: from documents to applications

This chapter covers

  • The basics of using HTML5
  • New semantic markup and media features
  • New JavaScript APIs
  • Closely related web specifications

HTML5 is one of the hottest topics in web development, and with good reason. Not only is it the latest version of the markup language for the web, but it also defines a whole new standard for developing web applications. Previous iterations of HTML (and its rigid XML-based sibling, XHTML) have been centered primarily on the concept of HTML as a markup language for documents. HTML5 is the first version to embrace the web as a platform for web application development.

HTML5 defines a series of new elements that you can use to develop rich internet applications ...

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