Dive into HTML5 Canvas

Mark Pilgrim is currently writing a book on the joys of HTML 5 and how developers can “dive in” to the new features.

One of the first chapters to surface in Mark’s draft is all about canvas; explaining all about our favourite element and how to start using it. Everything is explained simply and therefore this tutorial is perfect for beginners.

Drawing with canvas requires concentration

Drawing with canvas requires concentration

The tutorial is a work in progress, so check back to see the whole chapter take shape. Dive in to HTML 5 will eventually be published by O’Reilly, but it will also remain online for free.

View the canvas tutorial


Beginner, Tutorials
Mark Pilgrim
Posted on:
October 6th, 2009
Posted by:
Andi Smith



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Rich M

hi. im stuck on this page http://www.w3schools.com/html5/html5_canvas.asp. i think its because i graduated high school with a d or f. what should i know when studying this page of html5?

Posted on February 10, 2011


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Mark Pilgrim has done a brilliant job with his “Dive into HTML5″; including the canvas tutorial. Even better, he’s allowing it to stay online for free. I’ve seen some sites that take the free tutorial, learn it, then want to charge people $9.95+ to take ‘their’ course on canvass. Their course offers nothing new to Mark’s tutorial. That’s just wrong in my opinion. Perhaps I am incorrect, but I believe if you get knowledge for free, then you should disperse and share that newly obtained knowledge for free.

Anyway, this is a great site with plenty of nice demo’s. Thanks for putting this site up and for leaving it free.

@Rich M

Have you received help yet? If not, could you be more specific on where you are stuck? Hopefully, being I am 4 months late on visiting this site, you have already solved your canvas problem.

Posted on June 9, 2011

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Very Helpful. thanks for sharing.

Posted on July 18, 2011

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Tutorial is gone! Hosted elsewhere by chance?

Posted on October 19, 2011


Here is the new link:


Posted on October 21, 2011


maybe put a 301 on that? I almost left the page before I saw the new link…

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really cool , thanks my friend , it was what I was looking for…

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