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An Introduction to HTML 5: Doctype, Header and Nav Elements


So what's coming after the current version of HTML? HTML 5, of course. Keep reading for a look at what's coming, and how you'll be able to use the new elements in your web pages once the specification is finalized and browsers begin supporting the new standard. This is the first part of a series.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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April 21, 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · An Introduction to HTML 5: Doctype, Header and Nav Elements
  2. · Creating standards-compliant HTML 5 documents
  3. · Creating heading sections in HTML 5
  4. · Building semantic navigation bars with the nav element

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Unless youíve kept your computer unplugged from the Internet in the last few months, itís probable that at this point you know that the W3 Consortium has been busy preparing the drafts that will give the HTML 5 specification its definitive form. Even though the official release of HTML 5 hasnít been scheduled yet (at least at the time of this writing), itíd be useful to take a first look at some of its brand new features. This way, you can learn how to put them to work for you when most modern browsers make the big move and start offering more solid support for them.

However, before I start exploring the most relevant facets of the HTML 5 specification, a word of warning is in order: first, keep in mind that many of the topics that I plan to cover in this article series are naturally subject to change by the W3C without prior notice, meaning that all examples that you will see here should be evaluated with due caution; and second, I don't intend to provide you with a full reference of the specification, since you can always check the W3Cís website for more thorough information about a specific item.

Having clarified those points, in this and subsequent tutorials of this series Iíll attempt to offer you a friendly, easy-to-follow introduction to using the most useful elements bundled with the new specification. This way, youíll be able to perform basic tasks such as creating valid HTML 5 documents, or doing more complex things, like creating semantic headers, footers, sidebars and much more.

Does my proposal sound interesting enough for you? Then click on the link below and start learning how to put HTML 5 to work for you!           


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