HTML5 - Explained. Briefly
By Mike Street
After reading the aforementioned HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World book, I have come to realise that there are loads of changes included with HTML5. I have the book in front of me for me to reference, but I find it laborious to keep opening it to check on the semantic meaning behind
So this post is not ground breaking, its not amazing. Its just a summary of changes to the HTML spec in English I understand and can refer back to. Its also to pass to my back end developer so he knows what's what. [I'm also posting it incomplete - post a comment if you have an additions/suggestions].
Before you can use any of these elements - you should really use the HTML5 Shiv - found in my basic HTML5 Template.
If you get stuck - HTML5 Doctor created this amazing flowchart
<footer> are all self explanatory
<section> - This is content which is related to one another. I.e. a 'section' of quotes, sections of a tabbed interface.
<article> - Should be a self contained piece of content
<aside> - Should be something that is tangible to the content, or something like a sidebar or ad space. It should not contain main content.
<h1> - These can appear more than once on a page and should be within context of where it is. I.e. you should be able to remove the parent and everything to still be correctly titled. Each
<article> should have one.
<figcaption> - perfect for an image and caption. Would be marked up like:
<img src="" alt="">
<b> - can be used to make something bold, without it being significant - e.g. showing a change in a lump of code
<i> - for use in the case that you want italics, but not for emphasis - e.g. "Hello" he said
<small> can still be used to show text that is smaller, than the rest - e.g.
<small>Copyright Mike Street</small>
<a> - can now be around block elements!