On the Need for Assistance in HTML5 Web Authoring Systems

  • Julia C. Lee
  • Lawrence J. HenschenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9175)


HTML5 incorporates semantics, including among others the purpose and intention of the web author, as an integral part of the language and specification. The goal is to allow more sophisticated browsers to render the content in ways that are appropriate for both the platform and the abilities of the user, thereby achieving universal access. However, achieving that goal depends on web authors using the elements and attributes correctly. We illustrate why this will be difficult for most web authors. We propose that web editors be enhanced to provide guidance to web authors in the correct and proper usage of the HTML5 features and give some examples of how this might work.


HTML5 WAI-ARIA Semantic web Universal access 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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