Design Online: Tools and Tutorials for HTML5 and CSS3

HTML5 and CSS3 take your web sites to another level, visually and in usability. HTML5 supersedes HyperText Markup Language through HTML4. CSS3 supersedes Cascading Style Sheets through CSS2. Both build upon previous versions, adding functionality and features that not only make CSS3 and HTML5 indispensible for computers, but for mobile and other smart devices as well. Most smart phones and their applications use these two languages to create the easy to use interfacing that consumers are now used to, and demand.

Still under development, HTML5 improves multimedia by introducing new elements that make coding more readable and easier for developers to navigate and build upon. This in turn, makes your web sites look and function better. HTML5 attempts to create a state of interoperability and stability across platforms. The eventual rollout is slated for 2014. However, you can use HTML5 now by reviewing prior versions and adding the open source information you find on the Internet. It is quick and easy to use, even allowing developers to bypass standards like Photoshop to insert two-dimensional image code right into their HTML.

Review and Basics of HTML5

Code, Demos and Examples

Cascading Style Sheets are a matter of semantics—the looks and format of your web site. By using CSS3, you improve your content and its accessibility, not having to rely on simple tables to control your text. CSS3 is broken into modules for ease of use. They include: the box model, lists, hyperlink presentation, backgrounds, borders and text effects. Graphics are scalable and CSS3 will work on older versions of code. Design animation and gradients, column use and selectors are some notable features of CSS3. Using CSS3 simply makes your site visually stunning and very clean-looking.

CSS3 Basics and Features

CSS3 Generators, Properties and Code

HTML5 and CSS3 will continue to be important to web developing and design, although some of it won’t be completely rolled out until 2014 and 2022. Your site design is important in 21st century marketing and you want to create ways to make your site unique and “sticky”—making people want to come back to it. HTML5 and CSS3 provide developers with greater design capability and options that contribute to that end. CSS3 and HTML5 create animations without the bells and whistles of Flash. HTML5 can store information offline. Other features are wrapping text, text enhancement and shadow, rounded corners, resizing boxes and multiple layouts. Both are compatible with most browsers, including Google Chrome, Firefox, IE9 and Opera and will continue to be compatible with more browsers as time wears on. The best thing about CSS3 and HTML5 is that developers don’t have to start from scratch to create better web sites. They simply build upon what they already have by patching it with CSS3 and HTML5 code as needed to create what they want. Use CSS3 and HTML5 together and your code, smart platforms and sites will elicit others to see you as serious, credible designers and developers.