Top 10 HTML5 Resources for the Web Developer

By Scott Clark

HTML5 has become the latest buzzword for the internet industry, and many folks believe it's the future of the web. Others aren't so eager to join the party, but even they concede that HTML5 includes features that should have been included in the HTML spec from the beginning. In this article we'll tell you about 10 HTML5 resources that will allow you to begin using the technology right now.

HTML 5 Working Draft Standard

In this version of HTML, the 5th revision from the W3C so far, new features are added to help web developers, new elements are introduced, and user agents are better defined in order to improve interoperability.

HTML5 Doctor To The Rescue

<html>5doctor, a site whose slogan is "helping you implement HTML5 today", features regular articles and tutorials about HTML5, with an emphasis on aspects of the emerging standard that can be utilized by today's web browsers.

HTML5 Compatibility Tables

If you are interested in knowing which features of HTML5 will work with the web browsers that are currently available, you will want to bookmark When Can I Use, a site which lists compatibility tables for HTML5, CSS3 and related technologies. It provides information on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera, including most recent releases (the last update was October 28, 2010).

HTML 5 Differences From HTML 4

This document from the W3C, which is one of the two groups currently working on the HTML5 specification, outlines the differences from HTML5 to HTML4. They also discuss the reasons behind some of the changes, and released this document to accompany the HTML5 specification itself.

HTML 5 Cheat Sheet

HTML 5 Cheat Sheet is just that--an HTML5 cheat sheet in PDF format that you can download and print out for your personal use. It lists all of the tags that are currently supported, along with their descriptions, attributes and support in HTML 4.

The Chrome Experiments

The Chrome Experiments is Mozilla's HTML 5 playground--the "experiments" use HTML, JavaScript and CSS to demonstrate the functionality and feature-set of emerging technology standards.

HTML5 and CSS3 Support Listing

This HTML5 and CSS3 resource from the folks at FindMeByIP is fairly exhaustive--it features tables that detail CSS3 properties and selectors, HTML5 applications, graphics, embedded content, audio & video codecs, forms and more!

CSS3 & HTML5 Templates and Frameworks

This resource, 15 Useful CSS3 and HTML5 Templates and Frameworks, is an article that lists some impressive templates that you can use for your website that will allow you to use many of the features of HTML5 and CSS3 now--and many of them are backward compatible so they will also work with browsers that don't fully support those technologies.

A Web Developer's Guide to HTML 5

This HTML 5 reference document, A Web Developer's Guide to HTML 5 was written by the folks at the W3C, and is designed to teach web developers about HTML 5, and discusses syntax, APIs, vocabularies and other facets of the upcoming standard.

HTMLGoodies' HTML Primers

Our own HTML Primers section features tutorials on HTML 5's Keyboard Events, Video element, Media Events, Mouse Events and more. If you are looking for articles that show you how you can use HTML 5 today, it's a great place to start.

And on and on...

As you can see, there are many excellent HTML 5 resources out there to help you get started, no matter what your level of experience or expertise is. Jump in, get your coding feet wet, and begin using HTML 5 on your website now!



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