What Is HTML5?

There’s been a lot of talk about HTML5 and all of the new elements it introduces. Forms will be built and used completely differently, the structure of documents will be much more semantic, and new features will be available to website and application developers.

But, what are these semantic elements? Are they really anything new? Will they change the structure of your document at all? The simple answer is “no”. The new elements, for the most part, just make your documents easier to parse and understand (for machines and for people using assistive technology). Very few of the new elements are really all that new; they’re just the same old elements with new names for new purposes.

Captions in HTML5

As more and more browsers begin to support HTML5 and its elements, one of the nice things we can all begin using is the <figcaption> tag. When coupled together with the new <figure> tag, the <figcaption> tag semantically connects a caption with an illustration (not necessarily an image illustration; it can be a text illustration).

AdaptiveBlue Launches AB Meta Annotation Format

AdaptiveBlueAdaptiveBlue, maker of a variety of semantic Web products is announcing the launch of AB Meta tonight. AB Meta is simple HTML code that makes pages “smarter” by tagging them properly so that tools, including those from AdaptiveBlue, can take advantage of them.

Some examples of products that can take advantage of the AB Meta code include: books, music, movies, recipes and restaurants. I spoke with AdaptiveBlue CEO Alex Iskold who told me that his team collaborated on AB Meta with a large Web company which he can’t name currently but they will become public in the near future.

I like this type of markup because it serves an actual purpose – the classify and correctly identify a page. This will help machines better serve us the right content because the creators of the content have explained to the machine what the page is specifically for.

Check out the full AB Meta spec here.