“Five Reasons Why I’m Thankful for WordPress” – by Suzette Franck for WebDevStudios Blog

by Suzette Franck for WebDevStudios

“As a Front-end WordPress Developer, I’ve become an avid reader of WordPress Tavern; their articles are always relevant to me and of a very high quality with just the right amount of new information. Their recently published article, 6 WordPress Things I’m Thankful For by Jeff Chandler is no exception, and got me inspired to ponder about what in WordPress I am most grateful for and write this article”…

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WPwatercooler Episode #111: WordPress Design Trends and the Return of the Blink Tag

On this show, regulars: Steve Zehngut, Se Reed, Jason Tucker, and Suzette Franck are joined by special guests Tracy Levesque, Robert Neinhuis, and Chris Ford to discuss WordPress web design trends, such as the very popular parallax fad, full-width sliders with video backgrounds, and the return of the blink tag.


“HTML6 is Around the Corner: What to expect” Guest post by Ben Wilson

For all intents and purposes, HTML5 has emerged to be a blockbuster platform, fueling the web development community to create vibrant and viable applications, the likes of which are hard to produce using lesser platforms.

But if you are under the impression that HTML has had its day under the sun and now it is going to retreat back, it’s time for you to be surprised even more delightfully, as it prepares to launch its latest version – HTML6 into the web development realm.

For what we know, HTML6 is still under the wraps, but there are certain features that are expected to be a part of the newest installment. Let us introduce you to a few notable ones:

The Uniquely Structured Namespaces

The namespaces will be put forth in a fashion most unique as they will be based on the XML. Consequentially, developers are going to have a gala time working with them:

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <html:title>HTML6 Code Snippet</html:title>
        <html:meta type="title" value="Page Title">
        <html:meta type="description" value="Here is an HTML code sample with namespaces for your consideration">
        <html:link src="css/main.css" title="Main Styles" type="text/css">
        <html:link src="js/main.js" title="Main Script" type="text/javascript">
                <html:media type="image" src="images/logo.png">
               <html:a href="/bus">bus</a>
               <html:a href="/train">Train</a>
               <html:a href="/plane">Plane</a>
                <h1>The article's title comes here</h1>
                <h2>The article's sub	-title comes here</h2>
                <h1>Lwt's enjoy!</h1>
                <h2>Pay close attention to the media</h2>
                <html:media type="video" src="vids/flying-pig.mp4" autostart controls>
                <p>Go Zoom.</p>
            <copyright>This site is &copy; to Henry Fleming</copyright>

The feature that stands out here is the uniquely formatted <html:x> tags. True to their nature, they are the namespace elements that prove to be instrumental in triggering events. It can be elucidated by this small example: the <html:media type=”image”> element is responsible for displaying an image appear.

A larger chunk of these elements can be utilized by the developers for giving a sense of structure and direction to their apps – they way they want to.

Talking of HTML Media, We Explain it Further

As iterated, <html:media> is a standout feature that is very different from the earlier versions and will prove to be really handy for the designers and developers alike. In the more conventional setup, or rather the current setup, we are so accustomed to elements like <img>, <video>, <audio>, <embed>, and so on when using media files. However, HTML6 eliminates the need for including a tag for every media file type. This is what we will use:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <html:title>HTML6 Spec Version 0.1</html:title>
    <!-- Image -->
    <html:media src="images/logo.jpg" type="image">
    <!-- Video, elucidates that you won't need a type -->
    <html:media src="videos/cute-cat.mov">
    <!-- A format that is improvised, browser will ignore if it is unfamiliar to it -->
    <html:media src="misc/example.abc" type="abc">

The Form Inputs

For those wanting to see some real alterations in the form input, HTML 6 comes with the changes blazing. Alright, a little exaggerated, but the changes are very much significant and transformational and you are bound to like them as a developer who has  an affinity towards HTML way of doing things. Most essentially, the difference lies in how it labels any form attribute that is inputted and leaves a scope for a text entry on input. This list will give you an insight into what type of entries are considered as inputs in HTML6:

  • text
  • email
  • url
  • tel
  • search
  • number
  • datetime
  • date
  • month
  • week
  • time
  • datetime-local
  • textarea
  • password
  • file – (multiple)

The list of possible attributes is following:

  • name
  • disabled
  • readonly
  • placeholder
  • autofocus
  • required
  • novalidate

The folks who want to know the implementation of the inputs and attributes can take a careful look at the following code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <html:title>HTML6 Spec Version 0.1</html:title>
    <form:form method="post" action="/sendmail">
      <!-- Simple input (defaults to text) -->
      <!--  A new HTML6 match example -->
      <form:input type="password" name="user_passcode">
      <form:input type="password" match="user_passcode">
      <!-- Advanced example -->
      <form:input type="email" placeholder="user@abc.com" autofocus required>

The afore-mentioned are some of the features that are touted to be the indispensable parts of HTML6. Do you have your own list? Do add to the comments below.