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HTML5 Best Practices for Designers

HTML5 is sure to be a big hit this year as far as web design trends go, and rightfully so. It’s new, exciting, easy to understand and better than anything that has come before it. Up until recently, we have had to navigate a grey area in terms of compatibility and definition, and as a result, many of the early adoptions of HTML5 have been partial or complete disasters.

The first thing to understand is where HTML5 ends and CSS3 begins. HTML5 is just the markup –  a set of standards that define how a document should be structured and how browsers should interpret it. Rather than shouldering all the responsibility for presentation and functionality, HTML5 gets back to basics, allowing us to tap into APIs and native browser functionality, while looking to CSS to create the visual look and feel. In the end we are left with a straight-forward and simplified language for creating websites and applications.

Learning as much as you can about HTML5 and following these basic practices will help you produce websites with high quality markup and improve your overall design and development process without running into the common pitfalls that have plagued the web for over a decade.

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