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Davide Pugliese4,091 Points
<div> When is it needed? - Coding best practices
Hello, I am taking the time to test and make practice with what I reviewed to improve my skills. One thing that I noticed immediately sitting now and starting to code is Nick Pettit clean way of coding. He just does not add code unless is really necessary (and it's a good thing considering that our code is going to be reviewed also by Google Page Speed for SEO purposes later on or at least I always check that as well).
<header> <a href="index.html" id="logo"> <h1>Nick Pettit</h1> <h2>Designer</h2> </a> <nav> <ul> <li><a href="index.html" class="selected">Portfolio</a></li> <li><a href="about.html">About</a></li> <li><a href="contact.html">Contact</a></li> </ul> </nav> </header>
Many people I know of (which it does not mean they are doing it right) would probably use div like so:
<div id="logo"> <a href="index.html"> <h1>Nick Pettit</h1> <h2>Designer</h2> </a> </div> <div id="navigation"> <nav> <ul> <li><a href="index.html" class="selected">Portfolio</a></li> <li><a href="about.html">About</a></li> <li><a href="contact.html">Contact</a></li> </ul> </nav> </div>
HTML 5 now provides also the section element. Therefore I ask myself, with HTML 5, when a div is really needed.
Ryan DucheneCourses Plus Student 46,022 Points
I usually use divs when it doesn't make sense to use anything else. As a container, for instance.
<header id="header" class="wrapper"> <div class="container"> <!-- more code here --> </div> </header>
Nothing else really seems to fit in that particular job, so I just use a div. :) In this area, nothing you do or I do or anyone else does is inherently wrong, but I do think they're missing out on a valuable thing.
As an aside, while we're talking about semantic HTML, I have written a big post on good practices. It's a little long, though.