From a workshop at Intelligent Content Conference 2013 given by Don Day.
You want to take advantage of the latest capabilities you’ve heard are available in, or inspired by, HTML5: responsive and adaptive and liquid layouts, support for new media types, browser-side content caching and more. But if your CMS lacks HTML5 themes, how else can you get these powerful benefits? This session provides the background and understanding you need to assess and convert existing HTML themes or templates into their effective HTML5 equivalent. Making best use of HTML5 also begs consideration of responsive and adaptive frameworks (for customizing the user’s experience of your content on portable devices) and of improving the adaptive behavior of content blocks. No two web sites are alike, so this presentation will cover the general concepts and then work through one common example: converting a popular, free web template into its attractive, responsively themed HTML5 layout equivalent. Then we will explore the content styling, demonstrate standard practices for encoding audiovisual and XML inclusions (MP3, OGG, SVG and mathML being common examples), and review popular HTML5 equivalents for features commonly called ‘shortcodes’. The resulting example theme will demonstrate principles that you can apply for your own themed content.