Under-exploited HTML5 Features

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HTML5 brought web development into a new era.  Unfortunately, many designers haven’t really caught on to its full potential, and actually are developing HTML4 pages with a simplified doctype and header section.  Looking at the source code, unless it is written by somebody who never worked in HTML4 or XHTML, you would often easily mistake it for HTML4 because those designers aren’t changing their style.

This is a tremendous shame because HTML5 really does give us some fantastic improvements over HTML4. If we really push those improvements to their limit, the results would more than justify the small investment of time required to learn how to do that.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the biggest improvements HTML5 has to offer (and which, in general, are being ignored by designers and developers), with some information on how you can put them to work for your advantage.

Big improvements for better work flow in HTML5

The big changes that came with HTML5 aren’t universally known, so here are the highlights:

1. HTML5 doesn’t need to identify itself

Just when we’d all gotten used to the need for declaring a doctype, it turns out that HTML5 doesn’t really need one at all.  Yes, that’s right, not

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