HTML Please is a new Website that offers recommendations on which elements of HTML5 and CSS 3 developers can safely use to build Web apps and sites.
With HTML5 and CSS all the rage with
developers, particularly Web developers, a new site has emerged to advise
developers on the use of HTML5 and CSS 3 features: HTML5 Please
The HTML Please site, as first reported
, offers up expert advice on which
features to use and not use when developing apps. The site breaks its advice
down into three categories: Use, Use with caution or Avoid. In addition, it
tells developers which features they should use with fallbacks or polyfills.
The bottom line is the new site gives developers recommendations on which HTML5
and CSS 3 elements they can safely use to create apps and sites that are
effectively supported across a range of browsers.
As HTML5 is a moving target and many of
its elements are too new to safely use for cross-browser support, HTML Please
is a welcome aid to developers who want to color inside the lines.
"It's useful, but http://caniuse.com/
is more useful in my opinion in that it covers many more features, and in more
depth," Dylan Schiemann, co-creator of the Dojo Toolkit and CEO of
SitePen, told eWEEK
Please. "What is highly useful about both services is a simple explanation
of the maturity level of various new features across browsers, compared with
current browser market share. It gives average developers quick and realistic
data and metrics to justify which features are ready for their business to use,
which should allow companies to more aggressively adopt new browser features as
"This looks like a really handy
site," said Al Hilwa, program director for applications development
software at IDC. "Aggregations of best practices and advice on such a
granular level have to be valuable for a broad audience of HTML5 developers,
and for sure much is needed at this relatively early stage of the evolution of
The HTML5 Please site is a community
project created by Divya Manian, Web opener for Opera Software; Paul Irish, a
developer programs engineer on the Google Chrome team; Tim Branyen, a software
engineer at Bocoup; Connor Montgomery, a Web developer and computer science
student at Saint Louis University; and a host of others.
According to the HTML5 Please site,
these are the same people behind other, similar projects such as HTML5 Boilerplate
and CSS3 Please
of HTML5- and CSS3-powered Websites, and CSS3 Please is a cross-browser CSS3
A recent Evans Data survey-Evans Data's
latest Global Development Survey-indicated that although the HTML5 standard is
still a work in progress, software developers are already committed to it
survey of more than 1,200 developers conducted worldwide in November and
December 2011 showed current use of HTML at 43 percent in North America; 39
percent in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region; and an even
greater 58 percent in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Adding in planned use brought
the totals to over three-quarters across the regions.
"There isn't any question about
the adoption of HTML5-it's already the de facto standard," said Janel
Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, in a statement. "There is special strength in
HTML5 for mobile and cross-platform mobile apps, which is the direction the
industry is moving for client devices, and that has made it extremely
attractive to developers everywhere in the world. We see the most strength in
Asia, a region that is generally quick to adopt new technologies."