HTML5 Doctor - HTML5 Resource of the Day

Brent Schooley / Thursday, June 6, 2013

Today’s HTML5 resource is HTML5 Doctor. HTML5 Doctor is a wonderful resource for both learning HTML5 and referencing the elements of HTML that have changed in HTML5. This is definitely one of those sites you will want to have bookmarked if you are doing work with HTML5. Let’s look what’s available on this site and how it can help you.



The HTML5 Doctor site has a ton of articles listed under the Article Archive that are grouped into sections such as “HTML5 Getting Started”, “HTML5 Semantics”, “JavaScript Goodness”, etc. While some of these articles are out of date, most of them remain relevant and in some cases are even updated from time to time. This is a great place to look if you want to read more about a particular part of HTML5 development. The latest article from May 3, 2013 is about subheadings and subtitles.

Element Index

The Element Index is quite possibly the most useful section on HTML5 Doctor. The Element Index contains all of the elements that are either new or have been redefined in HTML5. Each element has a description and a link to the specification as well as a very handy code snippet. If there is an article on HTML5 Doctor about the element, it will be linked to with the words “Our prognosis” (for instance, for the abbr element). This quick reference is a very valuable resource and is the main reason I keep HTML5 Doctor in my bookmark list for HTML5.

HTML5 Doctor Resources

In addition to the Article Archive and Element Index mentioned already, there are a few more resources available on the site that are helpful. If you are trying to understand the new sectioning tags in HTML5, the HTML5 Sectioning Element Flowchart might be a big help to you.


The wonderful Dive Into HTML5 online book by Mark Pilgrim has been maintained by HTML5 Doctor after Mark stopped maintaining the project. This is very useful since HTML5 has continued to evolve since the book was originally written. There is a GitHub repository for the book if you want to help out.

There is also a list of “Recommended HTML5 Books”. This is a pretty good list and I’d definitely recommend checking some of them out if you are looking for some reading material.


HTML5 Doctor is a relatively small site compared to some of the resources that have come before it in this series. The quality of the content and the amount of coverage packed into that small size make it a resource you will keep coming back to though. I highly recommend checking this site out.


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