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  • What are the pros and cons of the update to HTML 5?

    Granted, HTML 4.01 has been in wide use since 1999, but what does HTML 5 offer? I was reading a blog post (see here) and some of the new tags look interesting, to say the least. However, they also look entirely useless considering there are work-arounds for most of the new features (however, the "require" and "email" attributes for forms are a huge plus).

    Also note that not everybody will update their browsers to something HTML 5-supported, so the more widespread it becomes, the more frustrated the average home user will be.

    Meh. I'm curious on what the reactions are of the more tech-savvy users (in particular, web designers). What are your thoughts?

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    There are a number of developers who have already switched to HTML5 whether browsers support it or not. Sam Ruby's site looks a mess in FF3.0.8 but displays wonderfully in FF3.6-beta and, I think, 3.5. I started rewriting one of my e-commerce sites in HTML5 but it required too much to work to be successful so I backed off somewhat. My personal/developer site I have decided to completely switch over where it won't affect potential customers but there's an experimental area that's HTML5 gone good.

    At first, I didn't get what the hoopla was till I had a chance to talk to some of the Opera devs. Once it sunk in, I realized how really cool this is going to be. You can create a web page more like a publishing venture. I thought it was stupid to allow elements <header>, <footer>, <aside> and so on because I thought they were too 'presentation' and not structural but it does make sense.

    HTML5 is not ready for production, yet, and there seem to be some haggling and wtf moments on many of the working group blogs, forums, mailing lists, but, if they can stay the course, this could be some wonderful stuff.

    I hope to get a chance to play with <canvas> and javascript soon. Unfortunately, no matter what anyone says about this economy, I think this is going to be my busiest year ever and I don't know if I'll have time.
    Is IE9 a modern browser?
    IE9 is at least 2 years behind the modern web.