HTML5: Up and Running is appropriately subtitled, Dive into the Future of Web Development. It allows readers the opportunity to jump head-first into the world of design by drawing a historical picture demonstrating how the web has evolved into what we currently experience while at the same time exploring in vivid detail the newest features being rolled out by the development community today.

Perhaps the greatest strength of this book is its ideal blend of brevity and thoroughness. In just 200 pages, Pilgrim covers in great detail all the new features and aspects of the next generation of HTML including semantic elements like <header> and <footer>, offline capabilities, geolocation, non-third-party embedded videos, enhanced web forms, and everything else that HTML5 entails. Anyone looking for a thorough crash course on web design will find everything they need in this book.

In a writing genre plagued with nerdy jargon and gobbledygook, Pilgrim’s writing style lays the perfect foundation for an easy read. Even while exploring advanced features, he presents examples, stories and background that allow a reader to gain a broader picture of each feature and how those features interact with other new features. A reader would be hard-pressed to find a book with this much technical detail that still maintains such clean and fun style of writing.

HTML5: Up and Running

Pilgrim makes it easy to validate his information by providing resources for additional reading at the end of each chapter. Whether you need more information about that chapter’s topic or if you want to confirm some of the information that he presented, he makes it incredibly easy to do.

As an added bonus, although the book is a print book available in all major physical bookstores and online at Amazon and other retailers, he’s also published the entire book online and made it available for free under a creative commons license.

HTML5: Up and Running is an amazing resource for anyone interested in learning the quick and dirty details of modern design. Its refreshing style, short page count, and thorough approach to the subject makes this book an excellent read.


Nicholas Cardot

About Nicholas Cardot

It's my personal quest to enable every person that I can to unlock that dormant potential concerning their online influence. Also, I'm a geek.


  • Mike Haydon says:

    Thanks for the heads up about the online book Nicholas. That’s very helpful! I’ve been doing a few random tutorials to up my html5 game, but this crash course is just what I need.

    • I’m glad to hear that. I read most of the content on Pilgrim’s website and then I ran out and bought the book thinking that I would find additional information in it. I was surprised to learn that the entire book was already on the site. I plan to return the physical book, not because it’s a poor value, but because it’s available for free online. And his site where he has the book published is a very clean, easy-to-read site.

  • sanjay says:

    HTML5 was one of the greatest things that happened in web design history (I guess). I tried to learn it when I was launch and really enjoying the benefit of it, forms are one of my favorite part. Too bad some folks use IE7, IE8 though.

    • As I look back on the growth of web standards and features and then I look at what HTML5 offers, it’s easy to see how this is a monumental step forward in the development of the web. Considering that the web has only been around for about 20 years, I’m startled to think what we may see another 20 years from now on here.

  • I go to a lot of Tech meetups and have some savvy web developer friends who work for some major brands, and they’re all over this. The way they talk about it is like someone who talks about something they are absolutely thrilled about. They get up and breathe heavy. They speak with excitement and they give off the impression that there is so much more capability with html 5 and new web technology. The whole thing is very interesting to me, and I plan on diving further into web development and html in the near future.

    • That’s the same sentiment that I’m getting from developers and it’s the same way that I feel about it. There are things we can do now to our pages that were never possible a short time ago thanks to the new features being rolled out in HTML5. I switched Site Sketch 101 over to HTML5 some time ago. Of course, right now, I’m only taking advantage of a few of the new semantic elements and the new css styles and animations. I’m barely scratching the surface though on this stuff. It’s pretty neat.

  • Sadly most people don’t actually understand what HTML5 is and most people explaining it do it poorly.

    HTML5 is just the latest specification from W3 that adds new html tags. When most people think of HTML5 they think of all of the cool animations that you can do. These animations are either Javascript or CCS3 (which isn’t HTML5).

    • Yes, but all that is a part of what HTML5 allows you to accomplish. They’ve created features in HTML5 that enhance what you can do with CSS and Javascript. For example, their canvas app is manipulated by Javascript. The new semantic elements allow you to clearly define parts of your document. The new embedded videos means we no longer need Flash or other 3rd party security-risk apps for media. And these only scratch the surface of what can now be done.

  • The fact that it is online for free just makes me feel so lovely.
    A must read for every web enthusiast.

    • I agree and it’s one of the things I love about the standards community. They’re working hard to change a lot of things so that much of the technology around web design is free and open source as well. For example, currently to have embedded media, you have to use Adobe Flash, which although it’s free, it’s not open source which means that Adobe holds the power to change it or charge for it if they chose to. All the technology of the HTML5 embedded media is open source. I love the big open source push in this from the top all the way down to this man’s free book about it.

  • Maddy says:

    The way your post appeared after i clicked is just wow! this IS the power of HTML 5 🙂

  • Noel Addison says:

    Took a quick peek and it’s quite good. Sounds like a “For Dummies” book. Easy to read and understand. Definitely a good read for anyone looking to lean more about HTML5.

  • Zach says:

    Agreed, great resource and contribution, especially keeping it online for all. When searching for a particular feature I consistently get results from Dive Into HTML5.

  • Truly helpful. I believe that people usually forget about their audience when writing. Making a book that is easy to read regardless of the complexity of it’s topic is an example of a real good writing.

  • Shawon says:

    Online books healp to improve online strategy.Thanks fo your valuable opinion give online.

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  • Thanks for bringing this book to my attention Nick,

    another one for my ever growing list of ‘Internet’ things to look at!!

    anyways, it’s a great tip,

  • Sahil Kotak says:

    This book seems to be like a great resource of HTML 5. I am really interested in learning more about HTML 5 and I think this book would help me in that. Thanks for sharing this!


  • Sounds like a good beginner’s course. From what I’ve heard html5 is incredibly powerful and several levels deeper than any previous incarnation of what we’ve known as “html”.

  • Whitelight says:

    You have a great collection of material for guiding newbies like myself. Thanks!!

  • Kavya Hari says:

    HTML 5 has an lot of features with the good support in it. So, i would like to say thanks for given up worthy post on here 🙂

  • Bruce Walsh says:

    In recent years, developers have jumped ship from Google/open source philosophy to Apple’s “walled garden” app model. In the end, everyone just wants to put food on their table.

    HTML5 is the answer to Apple’s app model. I have great hope for what it promises, but it’s not clear when web content can truly rival the app experience.

    Amazon’s Silk browser’s may be the missing piece of the puzzle — its ability to take code (javascript) and convert it on the fly into something more native for the tablet to digest could be a brilliant solution.

  • This is a great review and very enticing too!

  • Ray says:

    I see html 5 mentioned fairly often at technology types of sites. I don’t really understand the difference that much other than a few new tags are introduced. Maybe there is more to it than that.

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  • I love all the features of HTML5 and got tried and played it around to!
    But sadly I would be able to implement in my site coz most of the readers use IE or still down update their browsers 🙁

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