Best Practices to Ensure Effective HTML5 Coding

Without a doubt, HTML5 deserves to be the hot favorite of developers and designers. Its excellent front-end coding, in-built features and functionalities, smarter storage, cross browser support and mobile compatibility have made it one of the biggest hits in the world of technology.

HTML5 is being looked at as a revolution that the web needed urgently. Loaded with a range of features, the technology is easy to use offering brilliant functionality to an e-store. Here, I’ve compiled a list of best practices intended to give designers and developers an initial idea to make best use of this technology.

  • HTML5 Generators

Even if you are starting right from the scratch, you no longer need to start the coding right from the beginning. HTML5 generators help you save time and effort by eliminating the need to re-write the entire code. A basic HTML5 template opens up in front of you as soon as you fill up a form to mention your specific requirements. Make use of it instead of writing the entire code again.

A variety of HTML5 generators is available and you can select anyone from among them that you think best suits your requirements. Not only does it end here, you can also access some readymade templates for quick use. Now, isn’t this really great?

  • Backward Compatibility

You can easily handle your backward compatibility issues even if you’re not a thorough professional in this field. If an element is not supported by any particular browser, you can quickly go for degradation to come to a level where all the features and functionalities are compatible with browsers.

All webkit browsers support HTML5. However, if they don’t support all features, rest assured that the most of the features are well supported. You can rely on to know whether a particular element is supported by a web browser or not.

  • Use of a Cheat Sheet

Do you struggle a lot to remember things? There is good news for you. You no longer need to remember anything at all. All thanks to InMotion for creating cheat sheets. Yes, if you find it difficult to keep a track of the latest changes or features in HTML5, you can anytime refer to the cheat sheet. It is broken into various segments and categories making it easier to look for the right thing immediately. Now enjoy your forgetfulness as you have cheat sheets to fall back on.

  • Use a Validator

After you finish coding for an HTML5 page, you can quickly validate it using an old validator – W3C Validator and find out if you have any mistake anywhere. This is the fastest way to check the correctness of semantics.

  • Understanding of Doctype

This is one of the major aspects that you need to focus on. Remember that you will never get it right unless you understand the doctype of HTML5. Changing the tag is certainly not the solution.

HTML5 development is quite easy as compared to others in the class; however, you need to have a good understanding of HTML and CSS to efficiently work on it. Moreover, one needs to have a certain level of expertise to deploy its in-built features completely.

In case, you don’t have the expertise in-house, you can anytime seek professional assistance. Source a local (US-based) web development company having development center in countries like India. They can offer you spot assistance and fulfill all your specific needs. Even if you need to hire a team of HTML5 developers offshore, they offer complete support throughout the process right from recruitment, selection and finally development.

Kuntal Mehta (KJ) is the managing partner of Seashore Partners, a web development, e-commerce solution and SEO company headquartered in New Jersey, United States. In this article, he highlights the superlative practices to ensure effective HTML5 coding. In addition, he suggests companies to avail professional assistance for HTML5 development to deploy the technology to its maximum potential.

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