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Preface - Pg. xxiii

Preface 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 understand- ing--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! Who Should Read This Book This book is aimed at web designers and front-end developers who want to learn about the latest generation of browser-based technologies. You should already have at least intermediate knowledge of HTML and CSS, as we won't be spending any time covering the basics of markup and styles. Instead, we'll focus on teaching you what new powers are available to you in the form of HTML5 and CSS3. The final two chapters of this book cover some of the new JavaScript APIs that have come to be associated with HTML5. These chapters, of course, require some basic familiarity with JavaScript--but they're not critical to the rest of the book. If you're