The above will ensure that my HTML5 renders correctly in IE 6,7 and 8 (already tested and works ok).
I'm using just a small minority of new tags: header,aside,nav to name just a few.
Is this to much of a risk if the majority of my sites user base is 60% IE 6+?
Am I jumping the gun or should I start embracing these new standards?
I'm very keen to start using HTML 5 and have a lot of clients and new job specs demanding HTML 5.
What are you thoughts on the above?
Any information/feedback much appreciated.
Interesting question. TBH, after getting my head around graceful degradation and all, it doesn't sit well to me to be building sites that depend on JS, even if most people have it turned on. Just feels wrong.
Another discussion touching on this topic has started up today: http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?792154-Removing-Text-from-Field-when-It-s-Activated&p=4979366#post4979366
Out of interest, why?
I suppose this boils down to, personal preference, website stats and so forth. Is it worth the risk?
Personally, I am not bound by any such law for the sites I build.
Mainly I surf with JS disabled for various reasons and within the UK it is a legal requirement that commissioned websites can still have core functionally without client-side scripting within 'reasonable adjustment'. Going back to perspective at least 1 in 10 people will have a disability or problem with interacting with a site.
Stephen, actually was referring to people like me that have a disability regarding being more able to claim against web accessibility discrimination and the fact user-agents aren't all visual.
HTML5 is not fully normative so what they are demanding is questionable? I suspect most of them just heard a buzzword and wouldn't even know what a DFN was if it hit them on the head. I am not saying don't experiment but unless you know they are fully tech-savvy - and wanting a very specific niche feature - the odds are they don't really know what they are asking for or have a misconception regarding semantics.
So the country you are in, the country your web site is hosted in, and the countries all your visitors are in do not have any anti-discrimination laws?
There's nothing to stop someone suing you in their own country in accordance with the laws of their country. They may not be able to actually collect whatever the court awards them as long as you stay out of their country but they certainly could if you ever dcided to visit there.
Plain old HTML / CSS will be with us into the forseeable future, so that's not really an issue. Few, if any, sites really need what HTML5 will offer. I wonder what future web design will really entail, and I don't assume it will just be about more fancy tricks and effects. Hopefully—and the rise of the mobile web might help with this—there will be an increasing focus on keeping content simple and accessible. I'm utterly sick of big, wide websites with lots of graphics, sidebars and flashy stuff all over the place. I'm not making them any more. Plain old HTML on its own is responsive web design right out of the box.
Two things to remember:
- HTML 5 includes almost everything in HTML 4 so almost every page that is valid HTML 4 is also valid HTML 5.
- The doctype HTML 5 uses is equally valid for HTML 2 and so does not necessarily indicate which version of HTML that is being used.
The only way to tell for certain that a page is HTML 5 is if it actually contains one or more HTML 5 only tags or attributes - and very few web pages actually do that because the HTML 5 draft standard is a long way from deciding whether or not thiose tags will actually be introduced or not - they are currently just there to test.
If you want me to take your "legal advice" seriously then state the Act of Law whose jurisdiction you claim I am under and that I would be in breach of.
I don't take any notice of legal advice from people not adequately qualified to give it to me
I could answer that, but I'm not a lawyer and I don't believe you really want an answer anyway. I will, however, add just one thing.
I mentioned that my problems are the result of a virus (20 years ago), in the hope of giving the "I'm alright, Jack" brigade pause for thought. Not all disabilities are present from birth; very many are the result of illness or accident. Tomorrow, it could be you, a member of your family or a close friend struggling to deal with other people's thoughtless or careless attitudes.
Unless, of course, you're convinced that you're as immune to illness as to prosecution?
I could answer that too but you don't want the answer and I don't want to spend an hour or two listing all of the laws that you could be prosecuted under. Besides which the forum doesn't allow posts anywhere near long enough to list them all.
I didn't think you had the ability to state any laws whose jurisdiction you claim I would be under that I would be in breach of.
As I said, you are not qualified to give me legal advice and I take legal advice only from lawyers adequately qualified to give it to me.
The legal advice I have been given is that in my circumstances I would not be in breach of any laws whose jurisdiction I am under.
If you want to be taken seriously, I am entitled to know the verifiable legal qualifications you have to give legal advice. If you choose to not post them, as you are entitled to not do, then I am fully entitled to take any "legal advice" you post as being totally rubbish for my circumstances.
If you require your advice to be taken seriously, the onus of proof is on you to provide evidence it is accurate for my circumstances :). No-one is obliged to blindly believe unsubstantiated "legal advice" posted by wannabe lawyers.
Was the lawyer you consulted qualified to give advice regarding the law in England? What about Australia? Canada? India?
I doubt it. Therefore their advise with regard to any legal actiopn that might be taken against you in any country other than the one that lawyer is in is completely meaningless.
As I said before - any judgement against you in a particular country may not be able to be enforced unless you visit that country but that doesn't prevent the action being taken and then you'd be in big trouble if you ever decided to visit that country.
As an example consider the situation Julian Asange is in because of his web site WikiLeaks which is perfectly legal ias far as the laws in most countries are concerned but where the USA has decided that the site breaks their laws. Of course there is nothing they can do unless they can get him to the USA because he hasn't broken any laws where he and the web site are located.
I honestly can't understand why people bother with accessibility at all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BhHwk9qSvI
[QUOTE=oddz;4980306There is only so much that can be done taking into consideration budget. I mean… is less than 1% of an audience really worth taking the time to make a site fully accessible, maybe for those that live in a fantasy land of their own personal projects but not always for those doing professional, payed work, with clients and budgets. That isn't to say you should do what you can but I men at the end of the day a person who is disabled will never have the same experience to someone who is not.[/QUOTE]
Catering for accessibility for disabled people wouldn't be worth doing if it weren't for the fact that somewhere close to 60% of people have some form of disability that will affect the way that they interact with the web. Most of these are so minor that the person is not considered to be actually disabled - except by those who have done web accessibility studies and have determined that approximately that fraction of the potential web audience actually are affected by the issues dealt with under the "accessibility" heading.
Of course if you actually want to ignore 60% of your potential audience there are plenty of other newspapers that would be happy to get the business that used to go to the one you worked for.
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