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HTML5 for Web Developers

If you’ve ever tried to wrestled your way through the complexities of the HTML5 specification, we’ve got good news — there’s now a “web developer edition.”

The main HTML5 spec can be overwhelming for web developers trying to understand how to use HTML5 in their sites and web apps. Much of the spec is written for browser makers and other implementers, not web developers, and contains highly technical and very esoteric language.

If all you want to do is know when to use <section> and when to use <article>, the HTML5 spec isn’t very helpful. To eliminate the confusing nature of the spec, the WHATWG, one of the two groups that oversees the creation of HTML (see our overview of the difference between the WHATWG and HTMLWG) has released a version of the HTML5 spec written specifically for web developers.

The web developer version of HTML5 strips out all the elements that are only of interest to browser makers, and focuses on developers, making for a more readable, understandable document. In other words, it makes sense to mere mortals.

As an added bonus, the new website hosting the web developer version has a much cleaner, simpler design that doesn’t look like it crawled, zombie-style, out of 1994.

Now you’ve got no excuse for not reading up on HTML5.

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