CSS3 And HTML5 Pointers For Your Website’s Enhancement

This is a guest post by Brian Flores. Brian Flores is a SEO and copywriter for InMotion Hosting, one of the top dedicated server providers in the country. He works with a team of awesome writers to post useful tutorials on WebHostingHelpGuy. You can follow him on Twitter @WHHG_InMotion or @BrianAFlores.

As web design technology becomes more convenient and more powerful, web developers can grab the advantage and incorporate the latest in HTML5 and CSS3 to their design. It is these two languages that will unlock the true potential of design in a more refined and dynamic way. With this innovation, it becomes vital to explore the capabilities of HTML5 and CSS3, which up to now may be not be complete, but nevertheless strong enough to really imprint a lasting impression on visitors to your website.

HTML5

In web design functionality, HTML5 (HyperText Markup Language 5) is being used to harness high quality web design. Predicted to be completed by 2014, HTML5 is set to revolutionize your website with its intricate coding development.

HTML5 focuses on the hierarchical development of code that will allow you to tweak elements of your web page to fit different mediums. For example, HTML5 removes the need for Flash in order to play videos with its own unique code. In this manner, HTML5 is truly moving toward a more aesthetic and interactive web experience.

HTML5 is guaranteed to become a true innovation in web design, especially in making your website more functional, accessible and unique. The following pointers for using HTML5 will provide you all the more reason to utilize it as a backbone for your website’s coding framework. Based on browsers that support the current in-progress HTML5, Google Chrome and Apple Safari contain more HTML5 functionality than compared with Opera, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Pointers for HTML5

  • Additional Code: HTML5 is technically not a critical development of the HTML language. It is built on HTML4, so you can just simply add new features to the conventional code you have, maintaining the original elements you have in mind.
  • Audio and Video Innovation: Audio and video features are amazingly simple with HTML5, as you don’t have to use any external plugins to play your music or watch videos. HTML5 promises to run video and audio content without delay and hassle. For audio, here is a sample code: <audio autoplay><source src="yourmusic.mp3" /></audio> . For video, just use the <video> instead of <audio>.
  • Easier DOCTYPE: Document declaration is clearly simpler now with HTML5. When you declare the document type of your HTML document, place <!DOCTYPE html> in the first line of your document, which saves you the time and effort to type the otherwise longer document type declaration code.
  • Mobile Functionality: One of the greatest features of HTML5 is its mobile phone functionality. Since the smart phone industry continues to grow, it is important to make websites compatible for your phone and tablets. In this way, HTML5 unlocks the potential to configure your website conveniently with the added code features.
  • Faster Loading Time: If you’re tired of long loading times hurting your website traffic, HTML5 dissolves all of that by loading much quicker with the implementation of WebSockets, which speeds up processing time.
  • Editable Content: With the new content editable element that you can incorporate in your code, you can make a text field or any element editable. This can be used alongside other coding functions to create a convenient application. Just put contenteditable=”true” in an HTML tag to watch it in action, like this <p contenteditable=”true”>You can edit this paragraph<p>.
  • Email Validation: A form validation for email can be quite tedious to code, utilizing JavaScript or PHP in the process. With HTML5, coding is tremendously shortened to a built-in email validation feature via the new “email” type. You now have text fields making sure that the correct format is inserted for your email. You can check it out by including type=”email” right in your form tag, such as <input type=”email” />.
  • Regular Expression: HTML5 revolutionizes the use of Regular Expression, embedding the code right in your form elements whenever you desire. The pattern attribute handles that scheme right for you. You can simply check for the validity of your text box (particularly for passwords of the sort) without the tedious coding. For instance, if you want a text box to validate input that must be 6 characters minimum and 12 maximum would be <input pattern="[A-Za-z]{6,12}" />.

HTML5 surely provides better coding functionality for web developers, especially in handling website forms, audio and other factors that affect visitor convenience. With the completion of HTML5 underway, it isn’t long before websites maintain a sense of effective accessibility that will truly allow web developers to create powerful HTML frameworks.

CSS3

Along with HTML5, CSS3 (Cascading Style Sheets 3) is stepping up its design functionality to give web developers a taste of better design without the hassle of using heavy code. CSS may not be effectively applicable as a multi-browser option (without the filters), but it still is a strong coding language that can manipulate design elements for your website.

With more dynamic menus and the other eye candy you can achieve with CSS3, the potential use for your design is enhanced with its continuous development. The aesthetic capabilities of CSS3 make it a design staple, indeed, especially if you want to wow your visitors with an appealing layout.

Pointers for CSS3

  • Rounded Corners: Getting that rounded corner appeal was quite tedious before CSS3, right? Now, all you have to do is input -moz-border-radius: 15px; for Mozilla Firefox, or -webkit-border-radius: 15px for Safari and Chrome in the container of your choosing to get that sleek rounded corner effect.
  • Alternating Background Color For Tables: Have you ever wanted to have your tables show alternating background colors? With CSS3, this is very much possible, just try this code out: tbody tr:nth-child(odd) { background-color: #000000;}. This colors all odd rows in your table black, while you can define the other color of your table through “tr”.
  • Images as Borders: CSS3 allows you the functionality of having images as borders.
  • Resize Elements: Currently working in Safari, you can resize elements dynamically by including “resize: both;” in your CSS file like so: p { resize: both; }.
  • RGBA Coloring: With the convenience of CSS3 allowing a more natural form of color choice, RGBA coloring by inputting the intensity of red, green and blue from a scale of 0 to 255 along with opacity to help you adjust the color. The format would work like this: rgba(0,35,255,.3);.
  • Text Shadow: This can now be easily done with CSS3, which is summarized in this code: h3 { text-shadow: 0px 1px 2px rgba(0,0,0,.5); }. You can conveniently add a new aesthetic option to your web page this way.
  • Opacity: For those designs that require certain levels of opacity, especially in image hovers, CSS3 simplifies the opacity effect by a simple command you insert in your container, opacity: 0.25;.
  • Transform: The transform command allows you to dynamically tweak your image or container using the following syntax: -moz-transform: for Mozilla, and -webkit-transform: for Safari and Chrome. The commands you can include are rotate, scale and skew.
  • Box Shadows: You can now create dynamic effects with the shadow command for your boxes without any complex JavaScript code, a very strong aesthetic addition to CSS3.
  • Multiple Backgrounds: You can now integrate multiple backgrounds by positioning them around, making overlaying background highly possible now.
  • Font Support: You no longer have to restrict yourself to the common fonts for your website. Upload it and link it via your CSS file and you’re good to go!
  • Multiple Columns: Have you ever wanted to attain that newspaper layout look with multiple columns? Here is how you can conveniently do so with CSS3:, use:
    "-moz-column-count: 4; -moz-column-gap: 10px; -moz-column-rule: 1px solid #000000;" for Mozilla Firefox and
    "-webkit-column-count: 4; -webkit-column-gap: 10px;  -webkit-column-rule: 1px solid #000000;" for Safari and Chrome.

As CSS3 drives toward a more innovative development in the web design scene, your web design amenities become more flexible as CSS3 has more power for your design framework.

With HTML5 and CSS3 pioneering a new age in web design technology, they become a fulfillment for web developers everywhere seeking a more innovative approach in presenting content on the web. With the powerful coding capabilities of these languages, you can only expect more smoothly designed websites. With this creativity and simplicity of code in motion, the future is very clear: the potency of HTML5 in the functionality framework and CSS3 in the design framework produces quality websites will that catch the attention of your visitors.

Guest post by Brian Flores: Brian Flores is a SEO and copywriter for InMotion Hosting, one of the top dedicated server providers in the country. He works with a team of awesome writers to post useful tutorials on WebHostingHelpGuy. You can follow him on Twitter @WHHG_InMotion or @BrianAFlores.

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