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Each chapter in this book focuses on a specific group of problems that we can solve with HTML5 and CSS3. Each chapter has an overview and a table summarizing the tags, features, or concepts covered in the chapter. The main content of each chapter is broken apart into “tips,” which introduce you to a specific concept and walk you through building a simple example using the concept. The chapters in this book are grouped topically. Rather than group things into an HTML5 part and a CSS3 part, it made more sense to group them based on the problems they solve.

Each tip contains a section called “Falling Back,” which shows you methods for addressing the users who use browsers that don’t offer HTML5 and CSS3 support. We’ll be using a variety of techniques to make these fallbacks work, from third-party libraries to our own jQuery plug-ins. These tips can be read in any order you like.

Finally, each chapter wraps up with a section called “The Future,” where we discuss how the concept can be applied as it becomes more widely adopted.

We’ll start off with a brief overview of HTML5 and CSS3 and take a look at some of the new structural tags you can use to describe your page content. Then we’ll work with forms, and you’ll get a chance to use some
of the form fields and features such as autofocus and placeholders. From there, you’ll get to play with CSS3’s new selectors so you can learn how to apply styles to elements without adding extra markup to your content.

Then we’ll explore HTML’s audio and video support, and you’ll learn how to use the canvas to draw shapes. You’ll also get to see how to use CSS3’s shadows, gradients, and transformations, as well as how to learn how to work with fonts.

In the last section, we’ll use HTML5’s client-side features such as Web Storage, Web SQL Databases, and offline support to build client-side applications. We’ll use Web Sockets to talk to a simple chat service, and you’ll see how HTML5 makes it possible to send messages and data across domains. You’ll also get a chance to play with the Geolocation API and learn how to manipulate the browser’s history. We’ll then wrap up by taking a look at a few things that aren’t immediately useful but will become important in the near future.