I’m pleased to unveil a little project I’ve been working on for a few weeks now: whichElement.com. WhichElement.com is a reference site for answering the question “Which elements should I use to mark up this HTML semantically?” I’ve been joined in this effort by my coworker, Ray Camden. We’re pleased to put this out there, and eager to see what you can do with it.
The Story Behind It
I was (and still am) incredibly impressed by HTML5 Please. I think it’s a fantastically on-target site. It showcases its technology and hits on a specific need and fills it brilliantly. I wanted to do something in the same vein without just copying it. Around the time that I was feeling this, I got into an argument on semantics with someone. Specifically they were asking questions about when they should use article versus
div. Basically I explained what I knew of the spec for article. I gave some analysis, and made a recommendation.
When I was done with the argument I had an idea for a site: A reference that would help people choose for themselves which tags to use semantically without being authoritarian. I also wanted to set the tone that there isn’t one right answer to these things – that “semantically correct” isn’t a binary thing, but a position on a continuum.
The Technology Behind It
Another important thing for us in doing this was choice of technology. We placed a couple of constraints on the project:
- We wanted to be open to other people contributing and offer a few channels for that.
- No content management or wiki software
We’re open to contributions. We do all of the publishing through an automated build process that looks at the github repository for the project. So git is the path to getting on production. We’re open to forks and pull requests. We’re also open to contributions through email. Basically if you want to contribute, drop us a line, we’ll figure out how to work with you to get you in.
2 thoughts on “WhichElement.com”
Nifty, I’ll check it out. In my case, most often the choice between a div and a span tag comes from the assumptions made by the tools I’m using, so anything that canonicalizes these assumptions is a Good Thing.
Why http://whichelement.com/ is down?