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Blaize Pennington
Blaize Pennington
13,878 Points

What ever happened to putting a forward slash in self closing tags?

So I've known basic HTML for a while and I just recently started with treehouse and decided to refresh my memory on everything. I used to use self closing tags like this:

<input type="text" id="name" name="user_name" />

<br />

However now treehouse is telling me to leave these forward slashes out all together. Is this new to HTML 5 or is it just a semantics thing?

2 Answers

idan ben yair
idan ben yair
10,288 Points

Hi Blaize,

Check this link out: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3558119/are-self-closing-tags-valid-in-html5

Self-closing tags are valid in HTML5, but not required.

Let me know if that works :)

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Is this new to HTML 5 or is it just a semantics thing?

That was an XHTML thing, XHTML was dropped in HTML5.