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New elements and attributes in HTML 5

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I've been looking at the new element tags in these webpages:-




section, article, aside, header, footer, nav, dialog, figure, audio, video, embed (new use), mark, meter, time, canvas, command, datagrid, details, datalist, datatemplate, rule, nest, event-source, output, progress, ruby, type


and new attributes:-


media, ping, value, charset, autofocus, and others


Will these be any use to someone designing a site for the general public who will have old browsers? I can only see them being of use in a company intranet where all computers have new browsers or where the website users are all high-tech IT people, like university computer departments. If we use them in websites for the general public, will the pages display in any reasonable way? If I use


I also notice that the existing list of tags includes q, cite and address, does anybody use them? Do they work in IE6? Or is it just that you have to add a style to each like h tags and otherwise they are normal text, except that screen readers read out the tag name?


I realise that HTML 5 is not yet available, but I'd like to know whether any of it will actually be useable.

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On the positive side, it looks like HTML 5 will allow for better semantic markup, and will mean we can use

instead of

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I'm more in agreement with the ALA article currently on their front page. The new tags, while useful, are only a single subset of what HTML could be used for.


What we really need is extensibility - the ability to add our own tags, attributes, or "hooks", to more clearly define structure.

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Also, ? seriously?


Why not or or ? I'm having a hard time taking this working group seriously, with recommendations like this.

Edited by lwsimon

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The q, cite and address elements are not new, they appear on the w3schools list of elements


so I thought I would do a quick check.

q { color: red; }

address { color: green; }

cite { color: blue; }


Tom Smith


26 This Road



This is a citation

This is a quotation


In IE6 and IE7 the q text was just plain black text, but in Firefox, Opera, Safari and IE8 it was black in "...." when I expected red text.


In IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox, Opera and Safari browsers the address and cite elements produced italic text with the styled colors.


Although these are supposed to be available now I've never seen a webpage on this forum or anywhere else that uses them.

Edited by Wickham

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