HTML5 isn’t just anotherbuzzword I
notice that the term HTML5 is often being used as an argument by sales, which is a good thing because it’s not just another buzzword and there’s a lot to it.
but it won’t replace Flash
either But I also want to make sure that people aren’t thinking that HTML5 is the new Flash because of it’s possibilities concerning animations and such. They are two, totally different ways of approaching the web. They both have their qualities as well as shortcomings.
What do you need to
know?‣ extension HTML4 I guess the most important thing you should know is that HTML5 is just an extension of it’s predecessor HTML4. I often get the impression that some are talking about this topic as if it were a whole new invention. In short, HTML5 is an improved version of the previous versions with great eye for semantics and native browser support for elements such as video and audio (where you often were in need of ﬂash embeds in the past).
Browser support<!--[if lt IE 9]>
Semanticsdiveintohtml5.info/semantics.html Some of the new
tags are listed on the previous slide, which I think contribute most to the semantics of a web page. If you want more information about those tags or other new ones, I suggest you to visit the website mentioned above which was made by Mark Pilgrim.
Input type attributes‣ tel Another
interesting aspect of HTML5 are the new input type attributes. They provide‣ search great usability improvements with little effort. For example: when specifying an email type attribute on an input ﬁeld, the keyboard on‣ email an iPhone shows slight changes with the default one when this input ﬁeld is focussed. This way the @-symbol is directly accessible without having to tap the special characters button.‣ number‣ range
Media‣ audio‣ video HTML5 provides
the new audio and video tag which give native browser implementations of music and video fragments. The problem so far is that there is no agreement amongst browsers which format to use for these ﬁles. At this point, you have to specify each format for audio and video to get this to work cross browser. This way, the browser will just pick the format it supports and ignore the others.
a web page The new canvas element is a fun way to play with drawings on the web without having to use Flash. You can use this for a variety of things from showing the rhythm and beats from a song to plain old graphs which represent the ﬁnances of your company.
We live in a world
where everything becomes digital. Still, I grew up with getting to know both books and the web. What I’m trying to say is that you should considerBooks buying some books and start reading again. Some books I deﬁnitely recommend are the ones from “A book apart” on different web-related topics.
Books Another really cool one
is “Hardboiled web design” by Andy Clarke. It has awesome graphics and interesting practical tips and tricks on HTML5 and related topics.
Books If you want to
get familiar with HTML5 in speciﬁc, here’s a great book to get an “Introduction to HTML5” by Bruce Lawson.
Social networks ‣ @adactio ‣
@jina ‣ @leaverouI guess we all know Twitter, so ‣ @codepo8why not follow a few people whocan teach you a thing or twoabout HTML5 and other new coolstuff? ‣ @necolas
Blog‣ html5doctor.com‣ alistapart.com If you
prefer online reading over books, here are some blogs you should read to learn about the web. Especially html5doctor.com is‣ adactio.com interesting because they answer questions from their readers.‣ hacks.mozilla.com‣ nicolasgallagher.com
Inspector tools In my opinion,
an underestimated way of learning about the web: use the inspector tools to see how other people have built websites or certain parts in them. The same goes for the view source tip actually.
If you ask me, the
best tip I can give you: get toknow the Fronteers organisation. They organizethis fantastic annual conference in Amsterdamwith a ton of international speakers.If you don’t want to wait a whole year to get intouch (and you shouldn’t), you should attend oneof the (free) meetings which are organizedmonthly throughout Belgium and the Netherlands.Just visit fronteers.nl and follow @fronteersbe onTwitter. Hope to see you at the next meeting inBelgium!
Frameworks Best practical tip: get
your hands on HTML5 with the HTML5 Boilerplate. Download it, check it out and strip what you don’t want to use. A great way to learn this stuff in practice and I’m sure there’s some stuff in there you won’t easily read about on the web if you’re not familiar with this topic.