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HTML Tags That Support Both HTML 4.01 and HTML 5

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HTML 5 has taken the world by storm and to be honest, it has given some PSD to HTML coders hard time to come to term with some terminologies that appear almost alien. But it is not so. HTML 5 is certainly the markup language of the next generation but it is not entirely different from its predecessor. In fact, contrary to all speculations and assumptions, HTML 5 is in fact a sophisticated and advanced version of our long time friend – HTML 4.01. But there is no denying of the fact that HTML 5 has brought a revolution and some of the new features are conspicuously missing in HTML 4.01 but still, they bear some resemblances. So, if you aspire to learn HTML 5 to give boost to your ability to convert design to HTML/CSS, you need not have to the reinvent the wheel. Enough similarities exist between HTML 4.01 and HTML 5. Moreover, functionalities of some tags remain more or less the same in the updated version, which comes as a huge relief. Here in this article, we are going to have a quick look of the Tags that are still retaining their pristine form in HTML 5.

Comment: This is a common tag used largely by majority of HTML coders and they do not serve any useful purpose as far as the visitors’ experience is concerned. It is beneficial for developers who convert PSD to HTML as it allows them to write some comment explaining the functionality of some codes in the source file without making them visible to the visitors. Thankfully, HTML 5 has not scrapped this feature otherwise; it might give a hard time to developer while converting psd to css or design to html. Comment tags are represented with this:

HTML Doctype: This is anther HTML tag which is shared by both HTML 4.01 and HTML 5. By virtue of this tag, you can specifically mention which version of the HTML document is being used in a particular website. Better known as document type declaration (DTD), it starts off with and let the browser know what document type is and thereby speeds up the rendering process.

A: HTML 5 has kept its faith on A tag which is used for hyperlinking to some other elements within the document or to another document. Both text and images can be linked by using this ‘a’ tag. Linking an image is easy with ‘a’ tag. All you need to do is to nest the image within the tag in question and you are done with it.

Address: This is another tag that HTML 5 developers have kept intact. This is a simple HTML tag whose sole purpose is to indicate an address. It is basically used for giving authorship to current content.

Blockquote: This tag is predominately used with long quotation. It instructs browser to render texts within the blockquote tags as indented text. Quotations that span multiple lines are usually tagged with blockquote.

Button: Form is almost unthinkable without a button and in HTML 5 the button tags remains unchanged for the time being. However, there are some other options to create HTML button for example, <input> tag can be used for the same purpose, but <button> tag does have some extra advantages. For say, you can place elements within the button tags and that means you can add some unique varieties which are otherwise unthinkable with other tags like – <input>.

Form: This is another useful tag still retaining its position in HTML 5. It is used with other form-associated elements. All the tags which are necessary to create a fully functional form have to be nested inside the <form> tag.
Head: This is another powerful tag. This tag contains some other important tags such as <title>, <description>, <keywords> etc. However, most of these details are not displayed by the browser but this proves beneficial to give a boost to a website’s visibility in search engines.

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Varun Bhagat is a technology geek and works in PixelCrayons as a Sr. Technology Consultant. He possesses in-depth knowledge of different web development technology and helps our clients to choose the best technology as per their needs.

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