HTML5 and CSS3 for Web Designers

Two fanned-out stacks of books: One of "HTML5 for Web Designers", one of "CSS3 for Web Designers"

I’ve talked about Smashing Magazine’s Smashing HTML5 and Introducing HTML 5, and now I’m going to talk about a couple of easy reads that should be part of your library: HTML5 for Web Designers and CSS3 for Web Designers, two books published by A Book Apart, the book-publishing wing of the must-read site A List Apart (and seriously, if you build websites and it’s not one of your regular reads, bookmark it now).

HTML5 for Web Designers boils down the opaque and obtuse 900-page HTML5 spec into a clear and easy-to-read 85 pages that capture the intended spirit of the original document without getting bogged down in the minutiae (and oh, is there a lot of it). If you need to get from zero to “getting” HTML5 in the quickest way possible, this is the book for you!

CSS3 for Web Designers is the perfect companion for HTML5 for Web Designers, clearly explaining the styling part of the HTML5/CSS/JavaScript troika, from shadows, gradients and those ever-popular rounded corners to fonts and animations. It’s a slim volume (133 pages), but you’ll still get a lot of mileage out of the material covered within.

Each book is available as:

  • Paperback for USD$18.00 plus shipping
  • Ebook for USD$9.00 (PDF, ePub and mobi formats)
  • Paperback/ebook bundle for USD$23.00 plus shipping

And both books are available as a bundle, and they make an excellent combo. Better still, you save 15% by ordering them as a bundle:

  • Paperback bundle of both books for USD$30.00 plus shipping
  • Ebook bundle of both books for USD$15.00 (PDF, ePub and mobi formats)
  • Paperback/ebook bundle for both books for USD$38.00 plus shipping

Get these books, learn and start cranking out some standards-compliant websites!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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