HTML5 Ain’t Changing

October 4, 2012 - By

Recently .net Magazine posted a very interesting article about the origin of some of the more famous structural HTML5 tags (eg. header, nav, section, etc). The author Luke Stevens makes some pretty good points for how we may be getting ahead of ourselves to use this as direct replacement for divs. Ultimately, why risk a complete disaster for the IE8 user who doesn’t have JavaScript enabled when the reliable div will do the job just fine? 

I think this article makes some excellent points, but sadly I fear that they’re too late. I can’t remember for certain, but I think it was two years ago this fall that I first used these HTML5 tags. I know I’m not alone. In fact, the .net page that I read it on featured tags like header, footer and article!

I didn’t read all of the comments in detail, but it seems like a hot topic. Whether he’s right or not, I think these HTML5 tags are going to be used in this way.

It’s not unlike the dictionary induction of the word “ain’t”. Even if it’s not right, enough people doing it makes it real.



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