Learn HTML5: 10+1 Must Read Lessons

Note: This post is published in 2010 and it is one of our most popular web design posts. To make this article remain useful and to prolong the life of this post, I will try my best to keep this post filled with useful and update information. Post last update: June 24th, 2014. 

What’s up with the hype of HTML5?

HTML5 is currently being developed as the next major revision of HTML and it is still far away from W3C recommended release date (year 2022 or later). However with the release of Apple iPad, the topic is got extremely heated and almost every web designer are talking/reading/writing/blogging/twitting about it.

Moreover, many early adapters (web developers and geeks) started creating some cool stuffs wtih the cleaner HTML5/CSS3 codes. In case you wanted to be one of them but don’t know where to start, here are list of useful HTML5 tutorials to get you started. It’s been a long week searching and reading on these tutorials (hey, I’m new to this too!) – I hope you make good use of them. Also, if you are one of the authors of these tutorials – I couldn’t thank you guys enough! It’s been a great learning journey reading each of these; thank you very, very much.

1. Udemy’s HTML5 Crash Course

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

Need a complete beginner lessons in HTML5? Udemy has the best in it. Taught by Robin Nixon, author of Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript, the course covers pretty much everything a newbie need to know in HTML5, including basic HTML coding, HTML5 canvas for drawing, geolocation, local storage, as well as HTML5 audio and video.

Check out Udemy’s HTML5 Beginners Crash Course

2. HTML5 Getting Started Guide

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

Concise beginner guide in HTML5 – newbies should start reading from here.

Read HTML5 Getting Started

3. Preview of HTML5

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

This was an ‘overview’ on HTML5 published back in late 2007. Nevertheless, it is still a good learning source for those who are unfamiliar with the codes. Personally I like the ‘big picture’ this article offers.

Read HTML5 Preview

4. What Does It All Mean (Dive into HTML5)

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

‘Dive Into HTML5’ is a HTML guide book to be published by O’Reilly. The chapter ‘What Does It All Mean’ offers a clear explanation on the basics of HTML5 semantics/elements.

Read What Does It (HTML5 elemenets) All Mean

5. HTML5 Demos and Examples

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

It’s always easier to learn something new via examples. This site provides up to 20 examples of HTML5 experimentations and demos (with source code!).

HTML5 Demos

6. HTML5 Differences From HTML4

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

Detail comparison guide of HTML4 and HTML5 by the W3C (there is no better source than this!).

Read HTML5 differences from HTML4

7. HTML5 and CSS3: The Techniques You’ll Soon Be Using

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

This is a great tutorial that combines the application of HTML5 and CSS3 – must read for beginner/advance level of web developer and designer.

Read HTML5 & CSS3: The Techniques You’ll Soon Be Using

8. HTML5 localStorage()

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

One of the best things you can do with HTML5 is to establish a client side database (on user browser) with localStorage. To start using this awesome HTML5 function, the HTML5 localStorage() tutorial series (4 detail articles) published at PaperKilledRock.com comes very handy.

Read HTML5 localStorage()

9. HTML5 Canvas Cheat Sheet

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

The information provided is pretty much just a condensed copy of WHATWG specifications. However the .pdf file is definitely a must have on your notice board (especially when you are dealing with a HTML5 project that involves loads of canvas elements).

Get HTML5 Canvas Cheat Sheet

10. Designing A Blog With HTML5

HTML5 Guides: 10 Must Read Tutorials

This is a tutorial that every blog theme developer will need to read. (You should also read the author’s blog Bruce Lawson for more related updates.)

Read Designing a blog with HTML5

11. HTML5 Cheat Sheet

html5 cheat sheet

What can I say? Everyone loves a cheat sheet or two. ;)

Get HTML5 Cheat Sheet

Can’t get enough of HTML 5?

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    Thanks in Advance

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  10. That should be “almost every web designer IS talking/reading/writing/blogging/twitting about it.”

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  12. Hey, I am just learning html5. Looking at the “starter-template” i see div ids that do not have declarations. For example, I don’t see (body class) “home”, “page-header”, “page-content” in the stylesheets?? Plus, does “” cover all h1, h2, h3 etc styles? Lastly, is there a reference guide for how each item reacts? ie Does “article” work in a way that can only be used for blocks of text inside the div, and is it’s positioning restricted somehow, etc??

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  18. This stuff is going to hit much sooner than 2022. Already, I am seeing almost every employer looking to hire web designers is requiring HTML5/CSS3 and JQuery.

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  21. great list of HTML5 tutorials. It will soon be the way coupled with CSS3. 10 years of waiting for an upgrade from HTML4 – good resource

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