Hour 11 error found

In Hour 11, Fonts and Typography in HTML5, there is an error in the hyphenation style properties list.

The code for hyphenate-limit-last on page 195 should read:

hyphenate-limit-last: all;

Rather than hyphenation-limit-last.

And in that same hour, The Guillemets in Table 11.1 are printed as << and >>. This is also incorrect. Guillemets are a different character from < and >. They should be displayed in the book as « and ».

The Galleys are Here—The Book is Nearly Ready!

I am now working on reading through the book again in paper format. I’m pleased to say that so far, it looks great! This is the exciting part as it means that the book is nearly ready and will soon be in your hands. It is available for pre-order from Amazon.com right now. And don’t worry, if you want to read it on your Kindle or as an eBook it you will be able to get it in that format as well.

Seeing the galleys is a great feeling as it means that all my hard work is nearly ready for you to see. I hope you like it and find it useful.

Blink and you missed it. TIME element back in the HTML5 spec

After a large uproar by designers and developers last week when they removed the HTML5 TIME element, the W3C recanted and put it back in the spec. So you don’t have to replace TIME with DATA, but you can if you want to.

This corrects last week’s errata post. The book still contains the TIME element, but does not contain the DATA element.

What’s really great is that this shows that the W3C is listening to us. So if there is some other problem with the HTML5 spec, don’t be shy—let them know. If enough agree, your change may happen!

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The book will be available soon. I’m excited. I hope you are too!

Who is this Book for?

I’ve been working on editing the proof copies of the book for the last several weeks and one thing that keeps popping to mind is the audience. I wrote the book intending it for a beginner audience, but I should clarify this. When I say that it’s for beginners, I mean beginners to mobile and web application development, not beginners to HTML.

I wrote the book to teach people who already have some knowledge of HTML and web development how to use HTML5 to create mobile web applications. The book is not intended to teach someone who has never built a web page before how to write HTML. There are lots of books available that you can use to learn HTML. These are some of my favorites:

I hope that designers and developers interested in learning how to build mobile web applications will find my book useful. And if you’re still learning HTML, there’s always my site on About.com to help you get started. I have tons of resources there to help beginners learn HTML and web design.

Starting to get the code samples up

I’m starting to get the code samples and figures up on the site. I’ll be adding links to them in the Table of Contents so that you can see them in the context of their chapters. I’m also adding links to the figures in the book, in full color. And eventually all the examples will be linked as well.
As we all know, doing the maintenance of a website is the tedious part. Which means that I tend to be slow about it. But I’ll be posting these as fast as I can.
And as always, you can see all of code, figures, and examples in the book itself, right now on Safari Rough Cuts.

Available for Preorder

I’m pleased to let you know that the book is now available for pre-order on Amazon: Sams Teach Yourself HTML5 Mobile Application Development in 24 Hours. Plus the Safari Rough Cuts version has all the chapters now. And if you buy the Rough Cuts version, I’m told you’ll be automatically converted to the final version when that is posted on Safari.

Right now, I’m working on editing the proofs, which is a hard part of the book writing process. It’s especially hard because something in the transfer process munged some of my chapter sub-heads. So I’m going through each chapter with a fine-toothed comb. Slow going.

After that’s done, I’ll be working on the videos for the extended eBook edition. I’m having a lot of fun with this.