Web Development and Design Foundations With HTML5 9th Edition
Updated to use MindTap, this edition gives students a strong foundation in HTML and CSS before moving on to responsive web design – the modern standard. New coding activities within the book keep students engaged while providing instantaneous feedback.
Basics of HTML5
HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the language that defines and presents content for the World Wide Web. HTML5 is its latest iteration, featuring additional tags that give developers and designers greater capabilities to design better web experiences.
These new features were specifically developed with mobile devices in mind and help to make sites lighter on data usage. One major advancement is offload processing from client side, enabling improved performance on low-powered hardware.
This version of HTML separates design and content, helping to minimize code duplication. It discourages any non-meaningful markup which attempts to hard-code styling into content; CSS handles style declarations instead. Furthermore, this version introduces a sectioning element which provides clearer separation between content and formatting allowing easier debugging and maintenance of pages.
Embed audio and video directly into pages – This allows developers to build more engaging multimedia websites without depending on third-party plugins; and it comes equipped with built-in support for microdata tags which give search engines an opportunity to provide previews in search results.
Introduction to CSS
Cascading Style Sheets, more commonly known as CSS, is the language that controls the look and feel of web pages. It defines color schemes, font styles, text placement and layout preferences for any given web page, often combined with markup languages like HTML or XHTML. CSS may seem easy to learn but becoming proficient can become complex quickly; to ensure success it is essential that one grasps at least its basics well before entering practice.
The new edition of this textbook brings it up-to-date with current standards, providing an introduction to jQuery, expanded coverage of CSS Flexbox Layout and Grid Layout, updated examples and Web resources for students using for assignments, as well as updates in regards to assignments for each course. Overall, it provides comprehensive coverage that encapsulates everything one would encounter during an introductory course.
Beginning by providing students with an introduction to the fundamentals of Web and Internet usage, then quickly moving into HTML for structure and formatting; chapters 2-3 cover HTML structure/formatting while chapter 4 introduces images, CSS3 visual effects and page layout CSS which other textbooks barely touch upon; chapters 6 & 7 go in-depth into CSS page layout (which other textbooks only cover briefly). This unique approach equips students to design webpages today while taking full advantage of future developments in HTML5 coding techniques.
Web pages’ layout determines how information is presented on screens. A typical website usually consists of three parts – header, main content section and footer section. Web designers use HTML to structure these sections and to add content; several HTML tags such as header>, footer> and article> are often employed for this purpose.
This textbook features two-page sections that quickly introduce new topics, provide examples and hands-on exercises to help readers make sense of the material. This approach should appeal to multitasking visual learners and should get them up and running faster than other books. Popular features from previous editions, including hands-on practice and case study features remain intact.
Designing for mobile devices
As more users access websites and applications via mobile devices, this has altered how we design websites. With space constraints being an issue and having different needs than desktop users, new web design methodologies such as the mobile-first approach have arisen to cater for these specific users. It recommends starting product design for smaller screens before moving up to larger sizes.
SpeedLab by BrowserStack is one of the best tools available to test mobile websites or apps, providing insights into page speed and mobile-friendliness across various browsers and actionable recommendations for faster and more intuitive sites.
Responsive and adaptive design frameworks can also prove invaluable tools. By offering different designs for each common screen width, they help avoid slow-loading websites that degrade across devices while also offering flexible management of breakpoints–screen widths where different designs should be displayed.
An effective mobile-first strategy requires having an in-depth knowledge of what constitutes essential elements in an experience, creating a visual hierarchy, and prioritizing important elements. For instance, on a newspaper website this might mean prominently placing its name and logo at the top of the screen so users quickly recognize where they are and what actions are available to them.
Minnick’s Responsive Web Design with HTML 5 & CSS, published as part of the Shelly Cashman Series, introduces readers to current industry best practices in web development. Combining best practices with cutting-edge tools and an emphasis on hands-on practice for students of HTML/responsive design/CSS development. An emphasis on hands-on practice gives readers a solid basis to pursue careers as web professionals.
Accessibility is of primary concern to Web developers, since the Internet serves a global population. HTML5 offers some new functionality to enhance accessibility; however, not all browsers or assistive technologies support it yet – as a backup system, WAI-ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite) exists as an alternate solution.
One such way is the ability to select an input type for form fields. While this might not seem significant, it can make life much simpler for users with various kinds of keyboards who access a website. For instance, specifying that an email address field needs special character keypad and other fields can use telephone keypad or date keyboard instead.
The textbook companion website includes pages for each chapter with links to URLs listed in the text, information on emerging trends, additional examples and corrections provided, corrections made directly by teachers as homework assignments or tests and automatic feedback and grading for students; instructors may also assign homework assignments and tests from this platform which offers automatic feedback and grading capabilities; an IDE is also provided on this platform offering more in-depth hands-on labs than available in printed form.