Quick & Easy Guide to HTML5 Semantic Elements & WebFlow

By | April 29, 2017

The latest version of HTML markup i.e. HTML5 comes loaded with a number of semantic tags which enable the web developers to define the element’s purpose on the site. Well, they don’t affect the sites working and SEO. So why you should care to bother about the HTML5 tags? And if there’s a need to tweak them, then it will be good if you first have a brief knowledge about how HTML5’s semantic tags actually work within the Webflow?HTML5 Semantic Elements

Pro Tip: Using HTML5 semantic elements is good for a website.

These semantic tags have several amazing benefits beyond the pure efficiency and Search Engine Optimisation. They assist in building better site structures and more importantly, they can seriously boost the accessibility of the portal leading to great traffic and sales conversion.

And if you are not that worried about the “accessibility” factor of your site, then consider for a moment that 1 out of 5 web user has some sort of disability, which restricts them from accessing the portal. So having an accessible site would help you cater the needs of specially abled users and would bring in more sales.

Thankfully, the Webflow comes well-equipped to work with all the HTML5 tags and make your portal highly-accessible, enhancing the overall user-experience for those with the range of disabilities. Well, defining the HTML5 tag in Webflow is an easy as picking up the element. All you need to go to Settings Tab and choose the desired tag from the tags list.

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What actually are semantics? And What are the semantic elements?

If you simply put Semantics, it is a study of meanings. For you are a fan of linguistics, then it’s the study of the relationships among signifieds, signifiers and signs. So in the field of web designing, the semantic element is an element which has an intrinsic meaning and provides meaning to both the developers and browsers.What actually are Semantics?

For example: <span> and <div> are the non-semantic elements. They tell developers nothing about the content. On the other hand,  <form>, <table>, and <article> are semantic elements: They clearly define their content.

To enhance the semantic content of documents, HTML5 web markup introduced the several new page structure elements. Here’s the list of semantic elements which you can use in the Webflow:

Webflow allows web developers to quickly add semantic HTML5 tags to elements in their web design through the Settings Tab.

Webflow’s HTML5 tags include:

  • <header> it is used for the document or a section.
  • <footer> defines the footer for the document or a section
  • <section> helps in defining the specific section of the document. <article> defines an article in the document
  • <aside> keeps the content aside from the page content
  • <address> mentions the contact information of the author or owner.
  • <nav> as the name suggests, it defines navigation links in the document
  • <main> it is used for the main content of a document
  • <figure> defines self-contained content such as graphic illustrations, diagrams, photos, code blocks, etc.

Other HTML5 semantic elements

All these HTML5 specs also have several other tags which are designed for the more precise use. With the exception of <figcaption>, which is usually added by the Webflow for the image captions.Semantic Elements in HTML5

Here are the tags used in the HTML5 semantic elements:

  • <bdi> These are used for defining the particular section of text that might be formatted in a non-native language.
  • <details> defines the additional details which people can view or hide the document
  • <dialog> defines a dialog box or window
  • <figcaption> defines the caption for a <figure>
  • <mark> It is used for marking the highlighted text
  • <menuitem> used as a command, that allows user to select the pop up menu.
  • <meter> defines a scalar measurement within a known range (a gauge)
  • <progress> defines the overall progress of a task
  • <rp> defines what to show in browsers that do not support ruby annotations
  • <rt> this is usually for the documents which have East-asian typography.
  • <summary> defines a visible heading for a <details> element
  • <time> defines the date/time of the document.
  • <wbr> defines a possible line-break

So are semantic elements good for the web development?

As the name suggests, the semantic tags are good for the semantic purpose only. These all are block-level elements and they will work as expected, regardless of the HTML tag that comes along.Benefits of HTML5 Semantic Elements

While researching about the HTML5 semantic elements on the web, you will often come across the advice such as:

Don’t spend too much time on setting up the semantic elements by keeping all the other crucial web development tasks at bay.

Well, this is fair. These semantic elements don’t hamper the SEO  and it they are present or not, your visitors won’t even notice them.

Summing Up

In this article, you will get to know about what are HTML5 semantic elements and different Webflow’s HTML5 tags.

Author Bio:

Anna Jhonson  is a web developer by profession, a writer by hobby and works forMarkupcloud, that provide psd to html conversion services. She loves sharing information regarding WordPress customization tips & tricks.

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