Welcome to HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World. We’re glad you’ve decided to join
us on this journey of discovering some of the latest and the greatest in front-end
website building technology.
If you’ve picked up a copy of this book, it’s likely that you’ve dabbled to some degree
in HTML and CSS. You might even be a bit of a seasoned pro in certain areas of
markup, styling, or scripting, and now want to extend those skills further by dipping
into the new features and technologies associated with HTML5 and CSS3.
Learning a new task can be difficult. You may have limited time to invest in poring
over the official documentation and specifications for these web-based languages.
You also might be turned off by some of the overly technical books that work well
as references but provide little in the way of real-world, practical examples.
To that end, our goal with this book is to help you learn through hands-on, practical
instruction that will assist you to tackle the real-world problems you face in building
websites today—with a specific focus on HTML5 and CSS3.
But this is more than just a step-by-step tutorial. Along the way, we’ll provide plenty
of theory and technical information to help fill in any gaps in your understanding—
the whys and hows of these new technologies—while doing our best not to
overwhelm you with the sheer volume of cool new stuff. So let’s get started!