The woes of date input


One of the many new input types that HTML5 introduced is the date input type which, in theory, should allow a developer to provide the user with a simple, usable, recognisable method of entering a date on a web page. But sadly, this input type has yet to reach its full potential. Briefly, the date...

HTML Developers: Please Consider


ARIA is an amazing technology, it allows developers to add meaning to meaningless HTML or override meaning on HTML that is being repurposed and sometimes misused, so that users who rely upon the meaning of HTML, as implemented in browsers, can understand and interact with HTML User Interfaces...

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


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. Russian Translation: Не проверив HTML5-кода, не суйся...

The ride to 5


Forwards In recent weeks I contacted around 40 people, a cross section of those who have banged away at, or banged on about, HTML5. I asked them for their perspectives on HTML5 becoming a W3C Recommendation. Below are the words of the 28 people who responded, pretty much in the order they hit...

The W3C App Manifest specification


By Marcos Cáceres and Bruce Lawson. Update 26 September 2014 The initial work for Manifest in Chromium M39 is done, and Marcos (more or less) finished coding the processor a few months ago. “I’m hoping to see it in fxos 2.2“, he said from the pool of his gorgeous Malibu home.)...

Using ARIA in HTML


ARIA (WAI-ARIA if you want to be formal) is a set of attributes that you can add to HTML elements. These attributes communicate role, state and property semantics to assistive technologies via the accessibility APIs implemented in browsers. The W3C HTML specification provides information about...

Responsive images – end of year report


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.Related Posts:The woes of date inputHTML Developers: Please ConsiderOn HTML belts and ARIA braces (The Default...

cite and blockquote – reloaded


The definitions of the blockquote and cite elements in the HTML specification have recently been updated. This article explains what the changes mean for developers. Russian translation: Сite и blockquote: перезагрузка blockquote definition updated The blockquote element represents content that ...

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