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The Mystery Of The CSS Float Property. Advertisement Years ago, when developers first started to make the transition to HTML layouts without tables, one CSS property that suddenly took on a very important role was the float property.

The Mystery Of The CSS Float Property

The reason that the float property became so common was that, by default, block-level elements will not line up beside one another in a column-based format. Since columns are necessary in virtually every CSS layout, this property started to get used — and even overused — prolifically. The CSS float property allows a developer to incorporate table-like columns in an HTML layout without the use of tables. If it were not for the CSS float property, CSS layouts would not be possible except using absolute and relative positioning — which would be messy and would make the layout unmaintainable. In this article, we’ll discuss exactly what the float property is and how it affects elements in particular contexts. Definition and Syntax Flickr photo by presentday No More Tables Syntax. CSS Floats 101.

The float property is a valuable and powerful asset to any web designer/developer working with HTML and CSS.

CSS Floats 101

Tragically, it can also cause frustration and confusion if you don’t fully understand how it works. Article Continues Below Also, in the past, it’s been linked to some pretty nasty browser bugs so it’s normal to get nervous about using the float property in your CSS rule sets. Let’s calm those nerves and ease that frustration. I’ll show you exactly what the float property does to your elements and how incredibly useful it can be once you master it. We see floats in the print world every time we pick up a magazine article with an image on the left or right with text flowing nicely around it.

The definition#section1 Let’s start with the definition of a float. A float is a box that is shifted to the left or right on the current line. The float property has four values that we can apply to it: left, right, inherit, and none. How floats behave#section2 Let’s look at a few more examples. CSS Positioning 101. If you’re a front end developer or a designer who likes to code, CSS-based layouts are at the very core of your work.

CSS Positioning 101

In what might be a refresher for some, or even an “a-ha!” For others, let’s look at the CSS position property to see how we can use it to create standards-compliant, table-free CSS layouts. Article Continues Below CSS positioning is often misunderstood. Sometimes, in a bug-fixing fury, we apply different position values to a given selector until we get one that works. Tag "HTML5" on Smashing Magazine. Much has been written recently in the ongoing debate between native and HTML5 applications.

Tag "HTML5" on Smashing Magazine

There are three principal ways to develop a mobile solution: native code, hybrid mobile app, mobile Web app. Developing an application in HTML5 is a way to leverage code across multiple platforms, rather than having to write the entire application from scratch for each platform. As such, much of the user interface, perhaps the entire interface, would be done in HTML. HTML5 Please - Use the new and shiny responsibly. Introduction to HTML5 - Web developer guide. HTML5 is the fifth revision and newest version of the HTML standard.

Introduction to HTML5 - Web developer guide

It offers new features that provide not only rich media support, but also enhance support for creating web applications that can interact with the user, his/her local data, and servers, more easily and effectively than was possible previously. Because HTML5 is still being developed, changes to the specifications are inevitable. Therefore, not all of its features are supported by all browsers yet.

However, Gecko, and by extension, Firefox, has very good initial support for HTML5, and work continues toward supporting more of its features. Gecko began supporting some HTML5 features in version 1.8.1. HTML5 & Friends. HTML5 is the latest evolution of the standard that defines HTML.

HTML5 & Friends

The term represents two different concepts: It is a new version of the language HTML, with new elements, attributes, and behaviors, and a larger set of technologies that allows more diverse and powerful Web sites and applications. This set is sometimes called HTML5 & friends and often shortened to just HTML5. Designed to be usable by all Open Web developers, this reference page links to numerous resources about HTML5 technologies, classified into several groups based on their function. Semantics: allowing you to describe more precisely what your content is. SemantIcs Sections and outlines in HTML5 A look at the new outlining and sectioning elements in HTML5: <section>, <article>, <nav>, <header>, <footer> and <aside>. Using HTML5 audio and video The <audio> and <video> elements embed and allow the manipulation of new multimedia content.

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