Semantics, Markup, and Standards
First, some recent articles about semantics, markup, and standards:
- Jason Kottke wrote last week Standards don’t necessarily have anything to do with being semantically correct.
- On Semantics and Markup by Tim Bray
- Markup, Namespaces, and Meaning, also by Tim Bray
New Reference on Semantics, HTML, XHTML, and Structure
I’ve posted a new article and reference, Semantics, HTML, XHTML, and Structure, that provides some basics of using good HTML structure for your documents, such as using the
P element rather than the
BR element for paragraphs, using heading elements for headings rather than faking your markup. CSS provides the means to achieve the visual presentation you have in mind while using the appropriate HTML recommended by W3C.
Semantics, HTML, XHTML, and Structure is not intended to be exhaustive by any means. It’s intended as a jumping off point for learning how to create a structurally solid HTML/XHTML page with the appropriate elements and attributes recommended by W3C.
Related post: Don’t Fake Your Markup: Accessibility Issues for CSS.
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