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The Modern Web

Get a Taste for HTML5, CSS3, and Modern JavaScript

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The Modern Web

The Modern Web

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Bottom Line

While this isn’t a book for beginners, it does provide a lot of information for web designers who already know some HTML, but want to bring their skills up to the most modern features. In this book you’ll get a taste of things like HTML5, CSS3, adaptive design, JavaScript, jQuery, and even something about the many APIs available in the HTML5 specification.

If you’re willing to give up your old ways of building web pages and embrace more modern techniques, then this book is a great addition to your library. The additional resources included in every chapter and in the final appendix are invaluable for learning what you need to learn and taking the taste you get in this book and expanding it into useful tools and techniques.


  • Covers all the modern web design and development features: HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
  • Includes information on advanced web features like the many APIs available
  • Great resources to expand and enhance your learning


  • Expects a lot of knowledge from the readers


  • Publisher: No Starch Press
  • Price: $34.95
  • Length: 243 pages
  • Released: 2013
  • Chapter 1 The Web Platform
    This chapter introduces HTML5 and the terms and things you’ll need to work with this book.
  • Chapter 2 Structure and Semantics
    Here you’ll learn more about the new elements in HTML5 and about microdata and why semantics is important in your HTML.
  • Chapter 3 Device-Responsive CSS
    This chapter takes you through media queries to help you create pages that respond to the device that is looking at them.
  • Chapter 4 New Approaches to CSS Layouts
    I like this chapter because it brings you up-to-date in modern CSS layout techniques.
  • Chapter 5 Modern JavaScript
    Even JavaScript has gotten an update lately, and this chapter helps you to understand what’s new.
  • Chapter 6 Device APIs
    HTML5 and modern web applications offer a lot of application APIs that you can use to improve your web pages and applications.
  • Chapter 7 Images and Graphics
    There are also new image formats you can use. This chapter goes over SVG and the CANVAS element.
  • Chapter 8 New Forms
    Forms are heavily improved in HTML5, and this chapter covers them in detail.
  • Chapter 9 Multimedia
    Many people think HTML5 is just the elements discussed in this chapter: VIDEO and AUDIO.
  • Chapter 10 Web Apps
    Web applications are the most advanced features of modern web design and this chapter explains how you can use them.
  • Chapter 11 The Future
    But if you’re hoping to keep your website modern, you’re going to need to remember that the web is always changing. This chapter looks at some of the features that are coming in the future.
  • Appendix A Browser Support as of March 2013
    Remember that browser support changes rapidly, but this gives you a good idea of the state of the web when this book was written.
  • Appendix B Further Reading
    This gives you places to learn more on everything you learned in the other chapters of the book.

Jennifer Kyrnin’s Review of The Modern Web

This is not a book for the faint of heart. If you’re not interested in creating modern web pages that use the most modern aspects of web design—HTML5, CSS3, and advanced JavaScript features. You might think this book can’t be that because this book is only a couple hundred pages long that it can’t have a lot of information in it. But you would be wrong. There is a lot in this book, and while you don’t need to be a web professional to get something out of this book, you do need to know basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and you need to be willing to give up old, outdated ways of building websites.

The biggest challenge with this book is that so much information is presented very quickly. You’ll get the most out of it if you take the time to try all the examples in your own web pages. Don’t be hesitant about trying new things, even if you’ve never done them before. And remember you can always get more help on this website for everything you learn in this book.

What I like best about this book is how comprehensive it is for its size. There is so much about modern web design to learn, and this book gives you a taste for all of it. It is just a taste, but every chapter includes a bunch of resources for you to get more information. Plus, there is also the last appendix to get still more information.

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