By Marcos Cáceres and Bruce Lawson. Many of us who work on the web are actively working to narrow “the gap” between native applications and web applications. (Disclosure: your humble authors, Marcos Caceres and Bruce Lawson work for browser vendors – Mozilla and Opera respectively – and therefore have mortgage-related reasons to convince you this […]
It’s nearly two years since I suggested a <picture> element as a strawman proposal as a way to solve the problem of responsive images, so let’s have a look at how we’re doing.
After The Great Vendor Prefix Hullaballoo of April 2012 comes The Great Responsive Images Brouhaha of May 2012. We look at the main competing formats for adding adaptive images to HTML – the
<picture> element, and the
<img srcset=""> attribute.
While HTML5 is stable and being implemented we’re still not past losing (or gaining) an element, as demonstrated by the removal of
<time> and the addition of
<data>. Rather than jumping into the ensuing brouhaha, we’ve spent some time figuring out what this really means. In short? Well… it’s complicated.
<u> element was deprecated in HTML 4 and non-conforming in HTML5, but a couple of use cases have seen it return from the dead. Are the use cases enough to persuade you that it’s a phoenix not a zombie?
As you may well have heard this week, hgroup has been in, out and in the spec again, while members of the W3C and others have truly been shaking it all about. If you’ve missed this latest merry dance then please head on over to the W3 bug report page to help get a clearer indication.
While they’re essential reading material for our job, W3C specifications tend to make for poor reading material. One intrepid developer set out to change this for himself — “HTML5 for Web Developers” is the fruit of his labours. In addition to introducing this awesome new resource, we make a delicious fruit salad for you by comparing it to the other HTML(5) specs.
Recently Ian Hickson, editor of the HTML5 specification, announced that HTML is the new HTML5, meaning that the WHATWG will drop the numeral “5” and just call their spec “HTML”. Giant brains John Foliot and Bruce Lawson engage in an intellectual clash of the titans over whether or not you should care.
The details and figure elements are saved from the crazed pecadillos of legend, dd/ dt and caption by these two freshly-minted elements, sent from Hickson over the weekend.
When I wrote the previous version of this article a few months ago, I knew, as I’m sure many of you also knew, that this element in particular would be subject to change as the HTML5 spec neared it’s completion. The problem was simple, the
footer element just didn’t feel 'complete', it just didn’t offer the same flexibility as other elements. Now that’s changed.