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In HTML5 First Look, author James Williamson introduces the newest HTML specification, providing a high-level overview of HTML5 in its current state, how it differs from HTML 4, the current level of support in various browsers and mobile devices, and how the specification might evolve in the future. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you are a premium subscriber to lynda.com, you have access to the Exercise Files accompanying this course. To use the Exercise Files, download them and place them in a central location on your local computer. I recommend copying the files to the Desktop, as this makes them easy to find and easy to clean up after you're done with the title. The Exercise Files are organized in folders, representing chapters and movie numbers. At the beginning of each movie, I'll call out the location of the Exercise Files and you should see an overlay on the screen, showing you the location of the files for that particular exercise.
Each folder also contains a folder titled finished_files. If you want to check your work against the finished version of the file, you can find them in this folder. I also want to mention that this title doesn't require the use of one HTML editor over another. So you are welcome to use any authoring tool that you are comfortable with. I use Dreamweaver CS5 in the videos for several reasons. First, I am comfortable with the coding environment and second, at the time of this recording, Adobe has released an HTML5 support extension that offers more support for HTML5 coding than most editors.
In the end, you'll notice that all the exercises are hand-coded and that we don't use any of Dreamweaver's visual design tools. You can reproduce these exercises using any HTML or even text editor that you are familiar with. You'll also notice that I routinely test example files in multiple browsers. As emerging technology, HTML5 and CSS3 are not evenly supported among browsers yet. For this title, I am using Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome 5.0, Safari 5.0, and Opera 10.6.
If your browser versions differ, you may experience different results when testing your files.
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