HTML5 in easy steps


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HTML5 in easy steps


By Mike McGrath

Publication: April 5, 2011
Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-1-84078-425-1

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New edition available 17 February 2017

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About the book

Without doubt HTML5 is the future of the web and HTML5 in easy steps demonstrates all you can achieve NOW in the latest browsers – all described in easy to follow steps.

HTML5 in easy steps instructs you how to employ the latest development for web page design with HyperText Markup Language (HTML5). Modern web browsers have united to support exciting new features of the HTML5 standard that allows easy creation of stunning web pages and engaging interactive applications.

HTML5 in easy steps contains examples and screenshots that illustrate each feature of HTML5, describing how to incorporate meta information about a document within its ‘head’ section and how to add structured ‘body’ content. You’ll learn how to create web pages to display text, images, lists, tables, hyperlinks, forms, audio, and video – and also how to write script instructions that draw and animate graphics on embedded ‘canvas’ areas. Each chapter builds your knowledge so by the end of the book you’ll have gained a sound understanding of HTML5.

HTML5 in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone looking to create compelling web pages for the latest browsers. Ideal for programmers who need to quickly learn the latest HTML5 techniques, students learning website design at school or college, those seeking a career in web development who need a thorough understanding of HTML5, and the enthusiast eager to build the latest HTML5 features into their websites.


About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.



  1. Getting Started
  2. Providing Page Information
  3. Creating Body Content
  4. Inserting Hyperlinks
  5. Arranging Content Sections
  6. Writing Lists and Tables
  7. Embedding Media Content
  8. Building Input Forms
  9. Painting on Canvas
  10. Performing Web Magic


Customer feedback from A Strickland on HTML5 in easy steps and CSS3 in easy steps

“I just wanted to thank Mike McGrath for writing these books. They have been very helpful in rebuilding my knowledge of web development. These have been the best written books I have came across. The full color pages and clear code samples have helped me re-learn how to code by showing me better ways to write the code. Thanks again for such great books.”



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  • Note re: Step 3 on page 29: If you find the <meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”5; url=’new-page.html’ “> does not parse in a Browser and fails when parsed by, remove the single quotes from new-page.html. The quotes were required for older browsers but can now be omitted. In practice both are accepted by Microsoft Edge.