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hgroup tag removed from HTML5 specification

hgroup goes the way of the dinosaur

It would seem that the <hgroup> element has gone the way of the dinosaur. According to a message on the W3C public mailing list, the element has been removed from the HTML5.1 specification.

W3C valid XTHML and HTML5 YouTube iframe embeds

If you're conscientious about keeping the markup of your website valid according to W3C standards, and you use YouTube embeds on your site, you've probably noticed that the default <iframe> snippet provided by YouTube will return validation errors for XHTML 1.0 Transitional and HTML5. XHTML Strict is affected even more by the standard YouTube embed snippet, due to lack of support of the <iframe> tag. For simplicity's sake, we'll focus on XHTML Transitional and HTML5.

Let's take a look at a standard <iframe> snippet generated by clicking the "Embed" button on a YouTube video page.

<iframe width="592" height="333" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

XHTML 1.0 Transitional invalid YouTube embed markup

With an XHTML 1.0 Transitional doctype, the W3C Validator will identify the following error:

ERROR: "allowfullscreen" is not a member of a group specified for any attribute

HTML5 invalid* YouTube embed markup

An HTML5 doctype will return the following errors using the W3C's "experimental" conformance checker:

ERROR: "allowfullscreen" is not a member of a group specified for any attribute

ERROR: The frameborder attribute on the iframe element is obsolete. Use CSS instead.

Fear not, these validation errors can be easily corrected with some quick edits and inline CSS

An HTML5 doctype will return the following errors using the W3C's "experimental" conformance checker:

Outage affecting sites registered through GoDaddy

Domain registrar and hosting provider, GoDaddy, is experiencing a massive outage today. The company website itself has been down for a significant amount of time today, as well. The outage affects not only sites hosted through GoDaddy but also sites with domain names registered through GoDaddy (due to DNS issues).

Finally! Apply gradients to strokes in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe has released another "Sneak Peek" video for Illustrator CS6. This one shows off a feature that has been requested for years by Illustrator users. With the release of Illustrator CS6 users will now be able to apply gradients along strokes, as well as across strokes.

Adobe shows off Illustrator CS6 pattern creation tool

Adobe released a "sneak peek" video last week for one of the new tools to be featured in the upcoming Illustrator CS6. The pattern creation tool is designed to speed up the process of creating vector-based seamless pattern tiles within Illustrator.

Adobe releases Photoshop CS6 public BETA

Adobe has released the public BETA version of it's latest version of Photoshop. You can download the BETA trial version of Photoshop CS6 at Adobe Labs. New features in CS6 include updated Camera Raw options, more "Content-Aware" features, updated blur filters, and expanded video options.

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