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Whether you believe the StatCounter hype from last month or not, everyone can agree that Internet Explorer market share is down from previous years. Chrome usage is creeping up, and changes in the market (such as tablet proliferation) are likely to continue the IE downward trend for the near future. As a Visual Studio developer I see an equally disturbing trend for Microsoft – the loss of browser mindshare within the Microsoft developer community. My statistics are limited and subjective, but evidence ......

HTML5 supports a standard, native <video> tag which is already well supported in browsers and has great backwards-compatibility options. Before you spend too much time on the HTML5 video element, you should spend some time getting comfortable with video codecs and debate going on regarding video codec support between the different browsers. Dive Into HTML5 has a great introduction to the topic, and these Information Week and Register articles can help catch you up on the current state of video ......

The ASP.NET MVC template drops a copy of Modernizr 1.7 in your project automatically, and if you check for NuGet updates the library is brought up to the current version - 2.5.3. The NuGet package is a a great way to introduce developers to Modernizr and makes checks for updates easy. But when adding Modernizr to your projects consider two alternatives: Alternative One – Content Delivery Network: Microsoft CDN currently hosts two Modernizr versions – 1.7 and 2.0.6. By using a CDN copy you increase ......

This is the fourth entry in a series of descriptions & demos from the “Using HTML5 Today” user group presentation. For practical purposes, the original XHTML standard is a historical footnote, although XHTML transitional will probably live on forever in the default web page templates of old web page editors. The original XHTML spec was released in 2000, on the heels of the HTML 4.01 spec. The plan was to move web development away from HTML to the more formal, rigorous approach that XHTML offered, ......

These are some of the best RSS feeds I've found for keeping up with HTML5. I'm doing jQuery & MVC development as well so you will find the links have a jQuery/MS angle to them. WhenCanIUse The oh-so-necessary caniuse.com, in RSS update format: http://feeds.feedburner.com... ScriptJunkie http://services.social.micr... good HTML, JavaScript, CSS site hosted by MS Rachel Appel's blog http://rachelappel.com/rss?... ......

Shims help when adding semantic tags to older IE browsers, but there is a huge range of other new HTML5 features that having varying support on browsers. Polyfills are the tool to work with many of these new features. Polyfills are JavaScript code and/or browser plug-ins that can provide older or less featured browsers with API support for recent browser advances. The best polyfills will detect the whether the current browser has native support for a given feature, and only adds the functionality ......

The default NuGet template for MVC3 pushes down jQuery 1.5.1. You can upgrade to a new version (1.7.1 is current when this was written) to avoid a problem with the creation of “unknown” HTML5 tags in IE6-8: Take this sample HTML page using HTML5Shiv to provide support for new HTML5 tags in IE6 – IE8. The page has a number of <article> tags that are backwards compatible in Internet Explorer 6-8 thanks to the HTML5Shiv. After the article elements there is a jQuery 1.5.1 script tag, and a ready() ......

Semantic elements and the Shiv! This is the second entry in the series of demos from the “Using HTML5 Today” talk. For the definitive discussion on unknown elements and the HTML5 Shiv check out Mark Pilgrim’s Dive Into HTML5 online book at http://diveintohtml5.info/s... Semantic tags increase the meaning and maintainability of your markup, help make your page more computer-readable, and can even provide opportunities for libraries that are written to automagically enhance ......

Simplify your HTML Syntax This is the first in the series of demos from the “Using HTML5 Today” talk. One of the great features HTML5 offers is the chance to minimize some of the longer tags in your template, reducing the size of the document and increasing readability and maintainability. Below we cover a few of the easy, cross-browser, backwards-compatible changes. Why are these changes backwards compatible? Because we, the authors of the content on the Internet, are pretty bad at writing proper ......

Part of the challenge with HTML5 is understanding the range of different technologies and finding good samples. The following are some of the sites I have found most useful. IE TestDrive http://ie.microsoft.com/tes... A good set of demos using touch, appcache, IndexDB, etc. Some of these only work with IE10. Be sure to click the "More Demos" link at the bottom for a longer list of Demos in a nicely organized list form. Chrome Experiments http://www.chromeexperiment... Chrome browser-oriented ......

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