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  • # May 29, 2013 at 2:00 am


    I came across the following article which suggests the _header, section, article, footer_ tags in html5 should not be used for styling content… therefore classes/ ids should not be used to target css. The article is dated 2011, so Im curious if the suggested practice has changed at all. I continue to see other sites using classes and ids on the mentioned tags.

    If anyone as any ideas or can suggest an updated article stating otherwise… I would much appreciate it. Thank you.


    # May 29, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I would agree they are not for styling content in that they are implemented for making a more semantic markup and should first and foremost be used in this way.

    # May 29, 2013 at 3:00 am

    You don’t style div, span, h1, and p tags directly. Thus, you shouldn’t style header, article, section and footer directly.

    # May 29, 2013 at 3:40 am

    The article is talking about “style” as in the markup not styling ie

    Generic header

    Something else generic

    is more semantic than say

    Generic header

    Something else generic

    but that is not to say that the second is wrong

    or as to the

    If this this the wrapper for this section then there is no problem using a class for styling as long as the section is being used correctly.

    The issue is people doing this

    Blog header

    some blog stuff…

    when all they need is

    Blog header

    some blog stuff…

    # May 29, 2013 at 3:50 am

    off course, it only when people over extend there use to layout there site that it becomes “styling elements” rather that “structural elements” as they were intended

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