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Chapter 6. Standards and All that Jazz: Getting Serious with HTML

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What else is there to know about HTML? You’re well on your way to mastering HTML. In fact, isn’t it about time we move on to CSS and learn how to make all this bland markup look fabulous? Before we do, we need to make sure your HTML is really ready for the big leagues. Don’t get us wrong, you’ve been writing first-class HTML all along, but there are just a few extra things you need to do to make it “industry standard” HTML. It’s also time you think about making sure you’re using the latest and greatest HTML standard, otherwise known as HTML5. By doing so, you’ll ensure they’ll display more uniformly across all browsers (at least the ones you’d care about), not to mention, they’ll play well with the latest i-Devices (pick your favorite). You’ll also have pages that load faster, pages that are guaranteed to play well with CSS, and pages that are ready to move into the future as the standards grow. Get ready, this is the chapter where you move from web tinkerer to web professional.

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Jim: Ready for prime time?

Frank: Yeah, you know, make sure it’s totally legit and ready for HTML5.

Jim: Our HTML is just fine...here, look at it in the browser. It looks beautiful.

Joe: Yeah, that’s what I think...he’s just trying to give us another ...

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