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7 April 2008

Embedding custom non-visible data

Excellent news: an HTML 5 Working Draft contains a proposal for custom attributes to hold script data. Basically, you can do whatever you like as long as the custom attribute name starts with data-.

(Via Anne van Kesteren)

HTML | Permalink

11 March 2008

HTML Reference

After its CSS reference, Sitepoint now unveils the HTML reference. It's still in beta, but looking mighty good.

HTML, Reference | Permalink

4 December 2007

A Preview of HTML 5

Laclan Hunt explains a few key concepts of HTML 5 in this ALA article. Good to know what's coming.

HTML | Permalink

2 September 2007


Some facts and thoughts about WAI-ARIA support in (X)HTML.

Accessibility, HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

21 June 2007

XHTML disrupted by Mobile access

Turns out some mobile carriers mess with the HTML of web sites. Good to know.

HTML, Mobile | Permalink

15 June 2007

HTML5 differences from HTML4

Anne van Kesteren has gone through the trouble of describing the differences between HTML 4 and 5.

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

30 May 2007

HTML 5, microformats and testing accessibility

Bruce is not entirely happy with the (WHAT-WG) HTML 5 spec. He especially wonders why nobody tested support for elements and attributes that have not been included in the spec; some of them are supported by assistive technology.

More in general, his point is that people speculate too much and test too little; a viewpoint I can wholeheartedly subscribe to. As one of the few people who has actually tested lots of stuff and wrote down the results, I'm always amazed at the abysmally low inclination to test.

Talking is much easier than testing. Pity. Maybe we should confer A-list-status and stuff only on people who actually test their stuff.

HTML | Permalink

15 May 2007

Another look at HTML 5

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

11 May 2007

Forward Towards the Past

Tommy Olsson disagress sharply with the current HTML WG activity that wishes to define the invalid markup currently being used. He has a point.

(Via Roger.)

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

Six Months Later: The New HTML Working Group

Finally a good summary of what's going on in the HTML WG. Contains an excellent overview of the current hot topics.

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

8 May 2007

Help keep accessibility and semantics in HTML

Roger is not happy with the accessibility knowledge level within the HTML WG.

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

2 May 2007

POSH Patterns

Jeremy discusses the same problem as the previous entry, and tries to narrow down the definition of a microformat.

Microformats | Permalink


Bruce Lawson and James Craig are worried about microformats clashing with accepted practice in HTML; especially the hCalendar datetime.

This article seems to be part of a more general movement to clean up microformat land and define more precisely what they are and what they aren't. The underlying problem seems to be that some people who create microformats are not sufficiently versed in HTML.

Accessibility, Microformats | Permalink

21 April 2007

The Importance of Being POSH

Tantek introduces POSH, Plain Old Semantic HTML, because he feels that it's being ignored in favour of microformats. Of course microformats are based on semantic HTML, so you have to understand the underpinnings first before venturing off into microformat-land.

Microformats | Permalink

11 April 2007

HTML5, XHTML2, and the Future of the Web

David "liorean" Andersson takes a look at HTML 5 and XHTML 2. Probably the most complete current overview of where (X)HTML stands right now.

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

9 March 2007

W3C Relaunches HTML Activity

The HTML Working Group is re-formed, as we've all been expecting. The charter looks fine, and the 10 % market share success criterion that the Safari team rightly objected to has been dropped.

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

6 February 2007

Flash Embedding Cage Match

Bobby van der Sluis on Flash embedding. The article gives an overview of all methods, and explains why none of them is quite perfect.

Flash, HTML, Reference | Permalink

18 January 2007

HTML Standards Process Returning from the Grave

Apple's complaints about the new HTML Working Group charter.

Makes sense, doesn't it?

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

12 January 2007

Built in Semantics in HTML

John Allsopp creates a list of HTML tags and their semantic meaning. No surprises here for web developers who've followed the discussions of the past few years, but such a list is always very useful for newbies who want to do it right but lack some information.

HTML | Permalink

8 November 2006

Have Your Say about the Future of HTML

Now that the HTML Working Group is being restructured, it's time to think about what we want from the new Group. Does HTML have to change? If so, how? Please leave your thoughts and comments here.

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

1 November 2006

Tim Berners Lee and reinventing HTML

Despite the title the larger part of this article is about WHAT-WG and how it came to be. Furthermore Isofarro believes SVG is dead (agree) and XForms might profit from an increased interest in HTML that allows it to be backward compatible (agree).

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

The <module> Tag

Douglas Crockford proposes a modification to JavaScript's Same Source Policy in order to make cross-domain data retrieval possible.

Data Retrieval, HTML | Permalink

28 October 2006

Reinventing HTML

Tim Berners-Lee replies to the recent critique on W3C and announces the formation of a new HTML Working Group.

The plan is to charter a completely new HTML group. Unlike the previous one, this one will be chartered to do incremental improvements to HTML, as also in parallel xHTML. It will have a different chair and staff contact. It will work on HTML and xHTML together. We have strong support for this group, from many people we have talked to, including browser makers.

An excellent reply. I look forward to the first incremental improvement.

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

22 September 2006

Understanding HTML, XML and XHTML

The difference between HTML and XHTML (and XML) explained once more. Lucid overview.

HTML | Permalink

25 August 2006

When plug-ins bite web standards (and vice versa)

About object and embed tags, and serving plug-ins in a standard compatible way.

HTML, Theory | Permalink

9 August 2006

Base elements cause text selection problems in IE

When a <base> element is used in a document containing text in floated elements, a IE bug that causes text to become more or less impossible to select is triggered.

HTML, IE | Permalink

17 July 2006

Breaking news: w3c specs are not Word of God

About definition-list-fundamentalism, float-exegesis, and other undesirable offshoots of the Web standards revolution.

CSS, HTML, Standards/W3C, Theory | Permalink

11 July 2006

Bye, Bye <embed>

Interesting article on embedding Windows Media and QuickTime movies in your pages in a standards compliant way.

HTML | Permalink

3 July 2006

Designing With Web Standards, 2nd edition

...and the Father of Modern Web Design brings us gifts, too...

Books, CSS, HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

18 January 2006

More on the defer attribute

David Flanagan on the defer attribute of the script tag. Microsoft's implementation is acceptable due to a certain vagueness in the spec.

HTML, JavaScript | Permalink

13 December 2005

Required Elements, and Required Tags

The subtle yet important difference between required elements and required tags in HTML.

HTML | Permalink

3 December 2005

24 ways

An advent calendar with a web development tip for every day.

Accessibility, CSS, HTML, JavaScript | Permalink

5 November 2005

Semantics in the wild

John Allsopp presents his research of the use of class names and ids. He hoped for a kind of consensus on 'the best' values for these attributes, but didn't really find any.

HTML, Tests | Permalink

7 October 2005

DevBoi Sidebar

I just discovered this useful Mozilla sidebar that lists all HTML, CSS and JavaScript elements, declarations and methods. The CSS part contains links to my CSS pages for further information on a few properties.

CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Tools | Permalink

25 September 2005

Got Browser Woes? Think Again.

Molly gives some nasty details of the XHTML implementation of mobile phone browsers. And this is only the XHTML, mind you. CSS and JavaScript support will be much, much messier.

Browsers, HTML | Permalink

Safari HTML Reference

Includes proprietary extensions.

HTML, Safari | Permalink

30 August 2005

HTML tags vs. elements vs. attributes

Roger Johansson explains the difference between elements, tags and attributes one more time. He's right: many people use "tag" for everything, even ALT.

HTML | Permalink

26 July 2005

There’s no such thing as a footnote

Joe Clark points out that there is no HTML element for footnotes. He also bashes Richard Rutter, which is quite undeserved.

HTML | Permalink

11 July 2005

developer.mozilla.org - alpha

Dedicated to providing solid information, documentation, and community for Mozilla and Firefox developers. Looks like an interesting initiative, and as far as I can see now the JavaScript and DOM pages might eventually take the place of the alas disappeared devedge JavaScript reference.

CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Mozilla, Reference | Permalink

10 July 2005

MIME Type Test Suite

A test suite by Gez Lemon that checks what browsers do right/wrong when you send XHTML pages as text/html or as application/xml+xhtml . Could use a formal compatibility table, but otherwise the tests are quite interesting.

CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Tests | Permalink

Web browser standards support

Interesting series of compatibility tables for HTML, CSS and JavaScript in Explorer Windows, Mozilla and Opera. I think my W3C DOM Tables are more useful and detailed, but the tables here are definitely more complete.

CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Reference | Permalink

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