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8 Useful E-Books to Learn HTML5

HTML5 is the latest kid on the web development block and there is a lot of education required to use it to its full capacity. Here are a list of the best e-books available which provide good information about HTML5 and its implementation in the preparation of web pages. HTML5 is far better than the previous versions and is available with easy and cost effective coding facilities. 1. HTML5: Up and Running This book provides tremendous help to both newcomers and experienced web developers. HTML5: Up and Running mainly deals with the addition of audio and video to web pages. It teaches readers to use Modernizr JavaScript libraries for the application of HTML5 to show features that can be integrated in the browsers. It also provides good information on how HTML5 works with local data storage and canvas. The integration of HTML5 with iPhone and JavaScript is pretty well explained in the book. 2. Beginning HTML5 and CSS3 Beginning HTML5 and CSS3 is a book which teaches developers new tricks within HTML5 that can be utilized to produce some cool and useful content in web browsers. The book provides the readers with all the features and ins and outs of this new HTML version. It also offers information about the sleek and stylish codes which can be implemented with HTML5 along with CSS3 so that developers can create smart and content rich pages. 3. HTML5 Canvas For Dummies Canvas is the newest feature of HTML5 which can be used to integrate images, videos, audio and animation for mobile and normal browsers without the aid of a third party by just using JavaScript. HTML5 Canvas For Dummies uses very simple language to explain the process of using Canvas like 2D images, gaming framework, sounds and more. 4. HTML5 for Masterminds Apart from providing basic knowledge about HTML5 and related languages like CSS3 and JavaScript, HTML5 for Masterminds also teaches how to enhance the utilization of HTML5 in web browsers. Chapters of the book deals with HTML5, CSS3, CSS and JavaScript. Use of elements like drag and drop, canvas and integration of audio and video for web development are pretty well explained. 5. HTML5 Games Most Wanted The most popular game developers of HTML5 came together to write this book about game development with the help of HTML5, JavaScript, WebGL, CSS3 codes. This book is helpful to both beginners who are trying to develop a new game and the pro game developers who are trying to increase the complexity of the games. 6. Head First HTML5 Programming Prepared for beginners and filled with loads of diagrams and games to aid in the process of understanding HTML5, this book gives a lot of information on DOM and JavaScript along with other topics like the implementation of videos, canvas, web storage, geo locations and web workers in a web browser. Puzzles, images and easy language helps readers to understand the subject and illustrates it well. 7. HTML5 Hacks HTML5 Hacks offers well explained techniques of HTML5 by the master developers Jesse Cravens and Jeff Burtoft via 90 awesome hacks. The writers have used the last chapter to explain everything from Node.js to server deployment so that developers can launch their own app. The primary chapters of the book deal with CSS3, WebSocket, geo locations and likes so they can be utilized to experiment with and implement all the hacks mentioned. 8. Learn HTML5 and JavaScript for Android With loads of experiences and new skills, Learn HTML5 and JavaScript for Android, helps developers to bring the best of HTML5. CSS3 and JS to produce awesome Android apps for the mobile platform and other mobile OS other than Android. These are some of the best books which will help you use HTML5 the development of better web pages which will be have better visualization and usability.

10 Beautiful Free Web Fonts to Use with CSS

When designing a website one of the most crucial decisions is choosing the correct font. Readers will go through the content only if the font attracts them to read it and makes the data more recognizable. There is huge database of different types of fonts available online which can be downloaded any time. Some require payment but many are free. After downloading and applying a font on the HTML, it’s easily to tell if it looks good. Developers must also consider that the font they choose may not be easily read by other computers. To ensure that such problem does not occur, define fonts carefully. Another issue may be the time it takes to download a font. To avoid this CSS (Cascading Stylesheets) provides a solution which will allows authors to specify font family stacks. The font-family CSS property can have a long list of font names. Developers should start with the font they want first and then add a decreasing list of choices which will follow in case of a problem with previous font. Developers should always list the generic font family, serif, sans-serif, monospace, cursive and fantasy. This way the browser will always have the safest font option if no other font is available was listed by the developer. Here is a list of web-safe fonts that can be used with CSS stylesheets. Developers can preview the fonts and then copy the raw CSS code directly on their own stylesheet. 1. Arial Black  2. Courier LT Round 3. Georgia Regular 4. Palatino Nova Regular 5. Copper Plate Gothic PT Light 6. Verdana Regular 7. Gill Sans Roman 8. Trebuchet MS Regular 9. Century Gothic Regular 10. Tahoma Regular

9 Latest CSS Tools for Web Developers

Writing CSS code can require a lot of time and effort which is why designer consider CSS tools a savior by simplifying the process. There are many CSS tools released regularly and available free of cost on internet. With help of tutorials they can be easily used to generate optimum and innovative results. Here are some of the best CSS tools: 1. Blueprint Blueprint is a CSS framework designed to cut time and eliminate any discrepancies across browsers. It offers different plugins for creating buttons, tabs and sprites. You can design forms with great user interface and define the print style to make a clean printout whenever needed. It has a solid grid structure to support layouts easily. There are all sorts of tools, editors and templates that help during the workflow. 2. Clean CSS Searching for a CSS selector for large files can be tiresome but Clean CSS makes the process easier. It sorts alphabetically and can beautify, minify or format many file formats easily. 3. Wufoo This is an online form builder with various options like forms, surveys and invitations. Designers can create a database and can also share the forms easily. It allows users to  receive the data on smartphones or in an email. The interface is smooth, with various galleries and templates to kick start work. 4. CSS inliner Writing inline CSS is not only complex but also time consuming but CSS inliner can help.  You simply need to put HTML content in the box provided and press convert to get the CSS code. 5. CSSTidy It is a CSS parser and optimizer available as an executable file which can be done as a PHP script or on command line. Optimizing CSS code will make the web page faster and lower traffic cost. It will compress the page by removing the white space. This tool can also be used to fix CSS code for higher browser compatibility. 6. Minify Before deploying a site it is necessary to minify the CSS files, which is done by removing comments, spaces and tabs. Minify will automate this task and also cache the CSS and Javascript files. 7. Listmatic Listmatic can be used to create CSS-based horizontal and vertical lists. There are lots and lots of example here to choose the best option when designing a site. 8. 960Gridwork 960Gridwork is a grid system which can streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions based on 960 pixels. There are 12 column grids divided into portions that are 60 pixels wide. The 16 column grid consists of 40 pixel increments and finally each column has 20 pixel wide gutter. 9. Quirksmode CSS Browser Compatibility Table Let’s face it, people are fed up with cross browser compatibility issues. These issues are frustrating for developers. To avoid these problems, us Quirksmode CSS Browser Compatibility Table to identify which browsers will be compatible with the project.

Two very useful HTML5/CSS3 “Cheat Sheets”

HTML5/CSS3 are the heart and soul of creating a website. But when it comes to these languages, even the experienced coders, can’t know everything. That is when a “cheat sheet” becomes very useful. Even a master coder can use a little guidance every now and then. For those who have the basic skills to create a website, these HTML 5 CSS3 cheat sheets can boost a coder’s performance and are easily accessible in one place. These compilations have been created to make the work of web designers and developers easy and more efficient. HTML5/CSS3 are the newest languages with some differences compared to the previous versions. Although the languages have many options and have made the insertion of images and videos pretty easy, there are still times when it’s tough to remember all the nuances, which is why these HTML5/ CSS3 cheat sheets are so handy. 1. CSS3 Cheat Sheet (PDF)   3. CSS Properties Index Hopefully these updated “cheat sheets” benefit coders. Let us know how useful they were in the comment section.

11 Excellent CSS3 Techniques, Libraries and Examples

Almost every web-related function can be done with a little help from CSS. It’s just amazing what magic CSS can create and it’s super fun and easy to use.  We’ve prepared this article to give you a little glimpse of the richness that CSS3 offers. We’ve tried to provide with some of the best CSS3 libraries and techniques that are available online. 1. Navigation Bar This shows users how they can utilize the power of CSS3 to introduce new depth to a navigation bar. This tutorial teaches how to use only a 65 line long CSS code to create a navigation bar which looks and feels elegant and classy. It uses transition and transform features to give a new feel to the navigation bar. 2. Blur Menu Consisting of seven separate kinds of tutorials, Blur Menu teaches designers how to create cool blurry effects using CSS3 while creating a menu bar for a website. It is a polished usage of CSS which creates a sleek menu. 3. A Complete Guide to Flex Box Flexbox is the name given to the new way by which the CSS arranges the page layouts. It helps in changing the length, depth and width of the HTML content to fit the desired screen size. A Complete Guide to Flex Box provides you with an elaborate illustration of how flexbox works and how it can be used to benefit a designer’s work. 4. Understanding CSS Filter Effects This tutorial provides a detailed description of CSS filters. Those who are looking for a place to educate themselves about the various methods by which they can use a number of the CSS filters, this tutorial is just perfect. It also gives fair ideas about browser compatibility and performance issues. 5. Spinkit Spinkit shows designers how to use CSS to create some stylish loading indicators to use on a website and play around with them. Easy to use and simple codes are the main advantages of Spinkit. 6. Colors .css It can be irritating to pick colors for the Hex codes. However, Colors.css may help by offering an alternative to it. 7. Colorful CSS3 Animated Navigation Menu Without using JavaScript or Image shortcuts, designers can now create beautiful navigation menus that are colorful and filled with animations. CSS helps designers to create drop down navigation bars with vivid colors and exiting animations. 8. Sliding Image Panel Sliding Image Panel is a smooth way of using CSS to produce image panels. It is highly sophisticated and perfected to the last pixel. It is completely JavaScript free and is a very fine tuned product that come with a tutorial consisting of four various types of processes. 9. Logos In Pure CSS Logos In Pure CSS is the complete tutorial of how CSS is used to create famous brand logos. This site provides designers with the whole code which has been used to create these logos. On top of that it also allows users to hover their mouse over portions of the logos giving users an opportunity to check out how and which CSS code has been applied to create that part of the logo. 10. CSS A/Z CSS A/Z utilizes CSS to create animations with the help of alphabets. The desired alphabet is brought to life with the help of illustrative animations using CSS codes and this tutorial shows users how to do that. 11. Google Doodle in CSS Google offers some pretty cool Doodles in CSS. It is very smooth and doesn’t use a bit of JavaScript. So we hope these examples and tutorials will help you to learn and have fun with CSS3. Since most websites are coded with CSS3 so you’ll need it at all times. Let us know in the comments about any other tutorials or libraries that may aide fellow website developers.