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Web Standards Update Adds HTML5 Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1

Microsoft begun delivering some of the additional HTML5 tooling for Visual Studio that the company officials said would be coming some time this year. In this matter, the Redmond comapny announced the release of the Visual Studio Web Standards Update. This adds better support for HTML5, CSS3 and new JavaScript features to ALL versions of Visual Studio.

Principal Program Manager Lead Scott Hanselman states:

HTML5 moves fast, and this update will aim to keep up with it. It adds support to Visual Studio and the editor for HTML5, CSS3 and new JavaScript features. The goal is perhaps an update every quarter or so as new features or elements emerge. We want ASP.NET web developers to always be able to use the latest standards, as well as being able to choose from existing standards. Remember that you can use HTML5 today along with JavaScript libraries like Modernizr that allow you to create pages that work across nearly all browsers, including old crappy ones.

Microsoft currently provides some HTML5, CSS and JavaScript tooling as part of Internet Explorer. The IE 9 F12 tools help with creating, testing and administering IE sites using these standards. Microsoft also provided some fairly limited HTML5 support in Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1.

Additionally, if you are trying to make websites which work on a variety of platforms and browsers you will love the fact that Web Standards Update not only supports IE specific prefixes like -ms; but also other vendor prefixes like -webkit and -moz.

You can download Web Standards Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 here.

[Source: Scott Hanselman]

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