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    Senior Member MHometchko's Avatar
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    Hi Guys,

    Just had an idea and thought I'd throw it out here for some feedback. I'd like to spend my free time helping others learn how to better their practices with issues such as semantic HTML and CSS, design techniques, marketing strategies, business development, etc. Just wondering if you all think this is a hit or miss idea?

    I was thinking of either a chat room lecture forum or a youtube series. Would anyone here follow and/or like to contribute some of their lessons as well? Thanks!

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    Immediately after posting I saw the Articles section of this site...probably the best area to practice this? I think I'll write an article right away. Semantic HTML seems to be a good fit for a start but I'm definitely up for suggestions.

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    I'll look forward to reading your article - will it be HTML5 or more general than that? I guess I'll see when it's posted!
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    Awesome! I think these forums are a great place to start, we get a lot of visitors, and many are new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaMare, post: 225841
    I'll look forward to reading your article - will it be HTML5 or more general than that? I guess I'll see when it's posted!
    I think I'll stay away from HTML5 as I don't even write in it entirely right now...until it gets the full support it deserves it's probably best to keep my articles down to 4. Perhaps I'll do a pros and cons 4 vs 5 and what you can/should use article as an informational piece later on.

    I am going to start these very shortly. Work just brought me to Australia, just landed yesterday so I'm a bit off schedule....I'll post information about the articles when I get the first one done in this thread.

    Thanks for support! Hope to have one up in the next few days.

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    With the HTML5 Shim, you can use most of the new tags in pretty much any browser. You just can't use canvas, audio and video.

    Honestly, 5 is a lot like XHTML with some new tags. For example, instead of wrapping your navigation in something like: <div id="nav"></div>, you can just do: <nav></nav>. It makes a lot more sense. Not to mention, with tags that actually describe what they contain, you reduce the amount of specificity needed to select something in your CSS.

    I've been using it exclusively for about 9 months now, and I doubt I'll ever use XHTML again for anything.
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    Senior Member MHometchko's Avatar
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    Sorry, I should have said EXCLUSIVE use of HTML5 is not preferred. It has been suggested by Adobe, as well as W3C, that some functionality including but not limited to new input forms, new block-level elements (ie: section/article), and others are not recommended at this time.

    HTML5 offers some cool new features with input fields but some of them (ie: sliders and/or percentage graphs) haven't fully been integrated. The degradation is the hardest part really...while all up-to-date browsers fully support HTML5, it's projected that the majority of internet users won't be up-to-date until late 2012.

    Briefly touching on the long-running section-article debate...both tags are being interpreted in many different ways. Google has actually stated they haven't finalized a decision on how to crawl/interpret these tags in any differential and meaningful way. The W3C has also stated the tags may be changed due to confusion. So while building and article/section layout probably won't be detrimental in the future as far as layout is concerned...I'd HATE to write a blog engine or any page layouts with the section/article convention to find I did it backwards when it changes...reducing SEO points and having to redo however many projects were reliant on them.

    There's actually a LOT of reasons not to use HTML5 exclusively. But it's not something to fear, persay...it just needs to be used with a bit of caution at the moment. Maybe I'll strengthen my research with some confirming quotes and links and do this article first as it really is a hot topic.

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    Probably longer than that. Windows XP is a long way from being retired as an OS, which means that IE7/8 will still retain quite a bit of dominance.

    I'm personally holding off for another year or so before I delve into 5.
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    http://w3schools.com/html5/html5_form_input_types.asp
    http://w3schools.com/html5/html5_form_elements.asp
    http://w3schools.com/html5/html5_form_attributes.asp

    Here are a few links forthose of you currently using HTML5; mainly the browser support sections of each.

    Also, I promise to post the start of my series shortly! Work's got me tied down to the desk right now but they are coming!

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    I've posted the first part to my Semantic Code article here:

    http://www.webdesignforums.net/threa...dvanced.35866/

    Hope nobody minds the link...let me know if I'm being bad AM.


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