Archive for June, 2010

Posted by 6bytes at 15, June, 2010

Category: HTML

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Everyone is excited about the new kid on the block – HTML5, but where to start and how to use it? There are couple of things you can start using right now with a few hacks for our lovely IE6 and other browsers not yet supporting HTML5. Before we get into it, it’s good to know the level of support of HTML5 in different browsers. These few links can help you find it out.

Not supported elements

Following elements are no longer supported in HTML5:

  • <acronym>
  • <applet>
  • <basefont>
  • <big>
  • <center>
  • <dir>
  • <font>
  • <frame>
  • <frameset>
  • <noframes>
  • <s>
  • <strike>
  • <tt>
  • <u>
  • <xmp>

Now, lets start with a few simple tags.

Doctype

Oh the doctype, who could remember the whole thing?

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">

Instead of old doctype like the one above we can finally start using something that is really easy to remember.

<!DOCTYPE html>

YES! That’s it, we’re done :) Even Google is using it already.

Character Set

Again, a lot simpler than it used to be.

<meta charset="utf-8" />

<script>, <style> and <link> elements

We’re all used to this

<script type="text/javascript" src="/path/to/my/file.js"></script>
<style type="text/css">
#myId { margin:0px; }
</style>
<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/my/file.css" />

but with HTML5 the we can omit the type attributes as the values above are set as default. Our bit of code becomes a little more clean.

<script src="/path/to/my/file.js"></script>
<style>
#myId { margin:0px; }
</style>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/my/file.css" />

Semantic structure

A few new elements were added to only add a more semantic meaning to well known <div> tag. Some of those elements are:

  • <article>
  • <section>
  • <aside>
  • <hgroup>
  • <header>
  • <footer>
  • <nav>
  • <time>
  • <mark>
  • <figure>
  • <figcaption>

Support in IE

IE9 is supposed to support HTML5 when it’s out but for now we have to tell IE what type are those elements. To not complicate things too much all we need to do is make a use of this awesome script. Just paste it within your head tag.

<!--[if IE]>
<script src="http://html5shim.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/html5.js"></script>
<![endif]-->

Sample page layout

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<title>Title</title>
<meta charset="utf-8" />
<meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" />
<meta name="robots" content="index, follow" />
<meta name="keywords" content="Keywords" />
<meta name="description" content="Description" />
<!--[if IE]>
<script src="http://html5shim.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/html5.js"></script>
<![endif]-->
</head>

<body>
<div id="wrapAll">
	<header>
		<nav>
			<ul>
				<li><a href="#">Item 1</a></li>
				<li><a href="#">Item 2</a></li>
				<li><a href="#">Item 3</a></li>
			</ul>
		</nav>
	</header>
	<section>
		<article>
			<header>
				<h1>Article Header</h1>
				<time datetime="2010-06-15" pubdate>June 15th, 2010</time>
			</header>
			<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.</p>
		</article>
	</section>
	<footer>
		Footer content
	</footer>
</div>
</body>
</html>

 

Posted by 6bytes at 8, June, 2010

Category: Self development

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What motivates us

At the beginning of the video I didn’t agree to what he was saying but then he explained “Why” and “How” and it all made sense.

 

Posted by 6bytes at 1, June, 2010

Category: CSS, HTML

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Problem

Gmail recently made a few changes in their email rendering engine. Unfortunately for us our image based HTML newsletters that used to look fine in gmail are now broken. Each image seems to have a weird spacing after it.
If you’ve been sending HTML newsletters for your clients for some time now, you probably have your own email templates that work well in all email clients. Well not all thanks to Google.

Solution

To make things back to what they were just add style=”display:block;” to every img tag in your HTML email and we’re back in business.