The HTML5 Boilerplate

Paul Irish and Divya Manian released “HTML 5 Boilerplate”. A Great starting template for HTML 5 Websites or Applications.

According to Paul, himself:

Why Boiler Plate is Awesome?


  • * Cross-browser compatible (IE6, yeah we got that.)
  • * HTML5 ready. Use the new tags with certainty.
  • * Optimal caching and compression rules for grade-A performance
  • * Best practice site configuration defaults
  • * Mobile browser optimizations
  • * Progressive enhancement graceful degradation … yeah yeah we got that
  • * IE specific classes for maximum cross-browser control
  • * Handy .no-js and .js classes to style based on capability
  • * Want to write unit tests but lazy? A full, hooked up test suite is waiting for you.


Why it is Awesome-er?


  • * Javascript profiling…in IE6 and IE7? Sure, no problem.
  • * Console.log nerfing so you won’t break anyone by mistake.
  • * Never go wrong with your doctype or markup!
  • * An optimal print stylesheet, performance optimized
  • * iOS, Android, Opera Mobile-adaptable markup and CSS skeleton.
  • * IE6 pngfix baked in.
  • * .clearfix, .visuallyhidden classes to style things wisely and accessibly.
  • * .htaccess file that allows proper use of HTML5 features and faster page load
  • * CDN hosted jQuery with local fallback failsafe.
  • * Think there’s too much? The HTML5 Boilerplate is delete-key friendly. 🙂

The HTML5 Boilerplate can be downloaded from http://html5boilerplate.com/.

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