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HTML5 Boilerplate

HTML5 Boilerplate

HTML5 Boilerplate is an open source, professional, HTML5/CSS/JS front-end template for building fast, robust, future-proof and adaptable web apps or sites. HTML5 Boilerplate is not a framework. It is a template that can be modified and used for your own projects.

Kick-start your project with the combined knowledge and effort of 100s of developers, all in a tiny package.

This project is the product of many years of iterative development and combined community knowledge. HTML5 Boilerplate is used by many high profile organisations including Google, Microsoft, Nike, Mercedes-Benz, BAE Systems, and many others.

 HTML5 Boilerplate

Free to download


MIT License

Nicolas Gallagher, Paul Irish, Mathias Bynens, Divya Manian, Cătălin Mariş, and Hans Christian Reinl.


Support Sites:
Documentation, Twitter, 20 Snippets, GitHub

Selected Reviews:
TechRepublic, CSS Wizardy

Features include:

  • HTML5 ready. Use the new elements with certainty
  • Cross-browser compatible (Chrome, Opera, Safari, Firefox 3.6+, IE6+)
  • Designed with progressive enhancement in mind
  • Optimal Apache server caching and compression rules
  • Includes Normalize.css (a modern, HTML5-ready alternative to CSS resets) for CSS normalizations and common bug fixes
  • The latest jQuery library via Google's CDN, with local fallback
  • The latest Modernizr library build for feature detection. Modernizr is a JavaScript library which adds classes to the 'html' element based on the results of feature test and which ensures that all browsers can make use of HTML5 elements
  • IE-specific classes for easier cross-browser control
  • Placeholder CSS Media Queries
  • Useful CSS helpers
  • Default print CSS, performance optimized
  • Protection against any stray 'console.log' causing JavaScript errors in IE6/7
  • An optimized Google Analytics snippet
  • Cross-domain Ajax and Flash
  • "Delete-key friendly." Easy to strip out parts you don't need
  • Extensive inline and accompanying documentation
  • Browser support for DNS prefetching

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