HTML Coding Standards

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General Info

All applications should follow the following:

  • HTML code should follow the W3C’s recommendation for capitalization. In short this means all elements and attributes should be in all lowercase.
  • All HTML should be written as close to the W3C HTML5 standards as possible.
  • Semantic markup must be used.

Markup Guidelines


  • All tables should use the <thead> and <tbody> tags (as well as <tfoot> if applicable).
  • <th>'s scope attribute should be used.
      <th scope="col">Header 1</th>
      <th scope="col">Header 2</th>
      <th scope="row">1</th>
      <th scope="row">3</th>
      <th scope="col">Footer 1</th>
      <th scope="col">Footer 2</th>

If DJBTemplate is not being used...

Even though this isn't recommended, sometimes it is required. If you go down this road, here are a few tips and requirements.


You need a doctype declared. As we are really pushing HTML5, please use the following as the first line of your HTML document (before the <html>) tag.

<!DOCTYPE html>

Set the Charset

Make sure you set the charset to UTF-8.

<meta charset="utf-8">

HTML5 Resources

DJBTemplate has some HTML5 functionality provided for us, so check out what it has to offer. Here are some handy HTML5 resources: