HTML5 – Check it Before you Wreck it with Mike[tm] Smith

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The W3C’s Mike[tm] Smith (AKA @sideshowbarker) is the man with his head in the W3C validation markup checking tool source code; he makes the magic happen.  Questions were asked for the HTML5 Doctor reader’s delight and edification. First off tell us a bit about what you do and what you work on I don’t work. […]

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Grouping

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Forms

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Edits

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