Hope you all have heard that behind-the-scene progress of the new version of HTML, is cruising through.
There are some good news for those preachers of web standards who give importance to the semantically correct web.
With the the new version of HTML (HTML 5), still gazing towards the recommendation stage (the specification is not yet complete and it would take few more years), there are some wonderful elements/tags that are going to make HTML coding more sensible and structured business. These tags are specifically implemented for giving more semantically correct containers while coding HTML. Also there are many exciting features that comes with this new kid on the block, like more control over forms (web forms 2.0) and much more. These new additions are really gonna rock, and it really would be fun coding in the new version :).
Let me list out some interesting tags of this new version, that some browsers already have started implementing support, but not in a complete manner.
Interesting tags – HTML5
A section is a thematic grouping of content, typically preceded by header, possibly with a footer after. sections can be nested inside of each other, if needed, and can hold any amount of typical markup.
The header of a section, typically a headline or grouping of headlines, but may also contain supplemental information about the section.
A footer typically contains information about its section such as who wrote it, links to related documents, copyright data, and the like.
Defines the navigation area, typically a list of links. The nav should be a sibling of the main section, header, and footer.
An independent entry in a blog, magazine, compendium, and so on.
An aside indicates content that is tangentially related to the content around it.
Defines sound, like music or audio streams
Defines video, like video clip or streaming video
So a typical blog page would look like the following in HTML5
Can we use it right away?
Actually, yes, with a few extra steps. And it will work in all modern browsers. It can even work in IE6. There are only a few little quirks we need to get past if we’re going to start using this today.
First, because most browsers don’t understand the new HTML5 doctype, they don’t know about these new tags in HTML5. Fortunately, due to the flexibility of browsers, they deal well with unknown tags. The only issue here is unknown tags have no default style, and are treated as inline tags. These new HTML5 tags are structural, and should obviously be block level elements. So, when we style them with CSS, we need to be sure to include display:block; in our attribute/value pairs.
Include this simple extra piece of CSS, and these new tags are immediately usable. Starting today. And of course, once HTML5 is more widely supported, the display:block; can be removed, as it will be included in the browser default styles.
Support in IE
So, lets try building a semantically correct web, with all these wonderful tags to our support …lets try out the new kid on the block :)
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