Knowing the Basics of HTML 5

HTML 5 has not yet fully released, but we can still use some of its elements. Lets have a look at some of the basic elements of HTML 5  HTML 5 has not been fully developed yet. Though we can use it we will still have to wait for the full blown HTML 5  It has been considered as a strong replacement for Flash and there is many such premonitions about HTML 5  But before we start believing all of it, let’s just start by knowing the basics. It is necessary to know the basic elements that are available in the HTML 5  This will definitely help us to understand it in a better way. It is better not to jump to conclusions before knowing it inside out. Let’s have a look at some of the basic elements of HTML 5.


Navigation or <nav> is one of the key elements of HTML. This element assimilates to a section of a website that links to other pages or to different parts within a web page. But a group of links that are clubbed together is not reason enough to use the navigation element. The site wide navigation, secondary navigation, and other such elements belong to navigation. You should also know that <nav> element can repeat more than once in a given web page. The <nav> can also be found within the header and footer elements of a website. The links in <nav> don’t have to always presented in a list format, as it can contain different types of contents.  The links in HTML 5 can be presented as unordered list and also in a paragraph block.


There is a huge difference between the header and the general usage of header, which is also known as masthead. Generally you would only find one masthead in a web page but in HTML 5 you can have more than one header in the same web page. The header is defined as “It represents a group of introductory or navigation aids”. In HTML 5  you can actually use the header in any section of a website.  In fact you can have a header in each section of your website. We need to remember that the header is a structural element and it is not used to creating sections for your content. It is intended to have the heading of the content on a website. It can be a page header or it may be nested in an article. It is described to be a thematic grouping of the content with a heading in a webpage.


The next element that you must know is the footer. Like the header, the name itself suggests its explanation. The footer will generally contain the name of the author, links to other webpages, copyright, your social media links, and all the other links that need to be shared.  Though we normally see only one footer on a webpage, HTML 5 allows us to have more than one footer in a webpage and we can also have it within the sections of a webpage. But it does not introduce a new section like the header does. All the elements at the end of a webpage are basically in the footer. It gives a semantic meaning to the sections of a webpage.

There are some more elements in the basics of the HTML 5, we can have a look at them after all of them are put to use. There are many other elements such as canvas, video, audio, figure etc. which we will look at after the full blown release. A stable release is expected to take place in 2014. The 5.1 and 5.2 versions are under wraps, and are expected to release in the next couple of years though no specific dates have yet been stated officially.


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