March 9, 2010 | Comments Off
HTML5 is Looming in the (not-so) Distant Future
Jon Tan, Web typography guru and overall mark-up extraordinaire, wrote an article quite some time ago pertaining to the some of the new mark-up language involved with HTML5. He also drew attention to the W3C’s page on the differences between HTML4 and HTML5.
One of the defining characteristics of HTML5 is its reliance on what is known as Semantic Mark-up. This essentially boils down to using code mark-up structure that has purpose. In other words, instead of just having a title at the top of your page that is styled with a class called “.title”, you would use the Heading 1 tag that is already available to you in the HTML vocabulary. The HTML does the talking instead of the CSS in this instance.
Semantic Mark-up is an excellent way to allow your tools to do all the heavy lifting. I’ve really been pushing my students to work more using Semantic mark-up since most web design has been heading back in that direction for some time now.
If you would like to know more about using Semantic Mark-up, Dan Cederholm, over at Simple Bits, has a lot to say on the matter.