It's Invent A New HTML5 Tag Day!

What is HTML5, really? Well, right now, reading this, you’re probably looking at XHTML1 or HTML4. So to explain: HTML5 is the next big thing for the web. Because HTML5 is one more. Or 4 more, if you’re using XHTML.

But wait, there’s more! HTML 5 has a whole lot of things to offer — more tags, for instance! Because despite what the gurus have said the last decade, that separating presentation from content is good, a new tag means a new feature, and HTML5 has new features coming out of every orifice. Leaking tags, almost. Some of my favourite new tags include, but are not limited to:

<nsfw>, for when you want to designate something to be “not safe for work”. For instance, juggling with knives is not safe for work. Unless you work at a circus. Porn is also not safe for work, unless you work at a porn studio. Writing about the Tianenman massacre may also not be safe for work, especially if you work in the chinese government.

<aside>, for when you want to designate something to be beside the point. For instance, if I were to write something like:

“Excuse me, is this MAD Magazine?”

“No, it’s Mademoiselle. We’re buying the sign on the installment plan.”

… that would be totally beside the point, and hence ripe for HTML5.

<menu>, for when you’re working on a website for a kitchen or restauraunt, menu is perfect for indicating to screenreaders when you’re reading a menu aloud. I’ll have the Soup du’Jour, please.

But It Doesn’t Have To Stop Here!

As you can see, HTML5 is a bold new vision for the future. I really can’t wait til 2022, when HTML5 is scheduled to be done. Fortunately that gives us a little lee-way in recommending new tags to the standards boards. Here’s my wishlist:

  • <hello>, for when you need to indicate a greeting and/or salutation.
  • <hi>, for when you need to indicate a casual greeting and/or salutation.
  • <sarcasm>, for use in comments.
  • <rickroll>, for whenever you need to fail at rickrolling someone.
  • <lol>, for when something is laugh out loud funny!
  • <roflmao>, for when something is rolling on the floor laughing my ass off funny!!!
  • <lolcat>, for whenever girls post pictures on the web.
  • <fubar>, for whenever you need to discuss the viability of new HTML5 tags.
  • <controversial>, for when you’re writing about atheism or global warming. I predict this tag will be wildly popular.
  • <first>, for when you intend to post the first comment on a website. I predict this tag will be even popularlier.
  • <dramaticprairiedog>, for whenever you feel it appropriate to counter a response with a picture of a dramatic prairie dog.

<penny> for your thoughts?

15 thoughts on “It's Invent A New HTML5 Tag Day!”

  1. Luke L says:

    <rating> could be very useful for forums and review sites.

  2. Ulf says:

    Great article. You forgot to enclose it in the <rant>-tag, though.

  3. Brian Meidell says:

    I’d like to see an <moron> tag, which could be used to wrap most of the content on the internet, written by morons, which could then be easily filtered.

    1. Ulf says:

      That should be moran.

  4. Joen says:

    Note for comments, either write the tag suggestion plainly without brackets, or encode your brackets like this: < = &lt;, > = &gt;.

    Or, wrap your tag in <code> tags.

    1. Joen says:

      Ah! Self closing tag! Very clever!

    2. Scott says:

      hilarious <g>

      Joen, you forgot to bring over the rest of mine

      from Zeldman’s post, so here ya go:

      <sarcasm> ✔







      <content> (this one ideally does the same thing menu does, btw)


  5. Ben says:

    Quite <amusing /> 🙂

  6. <reply>

    Reply, that :p

    How about <spam>? But then I doubt spammers will use that :p


  7. Joen says:

    Keep ’em coming guys!

    It just hit me that the attributes are equally important:

    <lolcat src="scarycat.jpg" cuteness="5" rel="the neighbours cat" valign="top of the scratching post" />

    And how about tags for us webdesigners?

    • <divstyleclearboth />
    • <h1indented-9999px>
    • <cssreset />
    • <cssunreset />
    • <ie5machack>
    • <ie6hack>
    • <andsoon>
  8. Tim N says:

    That’s why we should be looking at XHTML2 instead of HTML5. In fact, it already works some:

  9. To actually stand a chance of getting them in, file a bugreport!

  10. when a user is on ie6??

  11. Vertical footers are the new rounded corners. Bet they’ll be an HTML5 tag for it soon.

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