Marking some mark-up changes to guardian.co.uk
Last week I linked to a few things of interest that had appeared on guardian.co.uk whilst I was taking a blogging break. As well as those, there have been some behind the scenes changes in the way we generate pages, featuring some AJAXy, microformat and HTML5 goodness.
Add to your calendar
When we write articles about a forthcoming event, journalists can add an event factbox, with additional details. Thanks to the inclusion of some hCalendar microformat mark-up, if they do, the system now automatically generates an 'Add to your calendar' link.
A question of <TIME>
We've begun to use some HTML5 elements on our pages. If you view the source of one our news article, you'll see that the publication date is marked up with the <TIME> element and a machine-readable timestamp.
HTML5 support is not totally cross-browser, and some legacy browsers - and I'm looking at you IE6* - don't know what to do with these fancy new-fangled tags. Our solution has been to use Remy Sharp's HTML5 enabling script, which teaches the old dog the required new tricks.
New AJAX galleries