Use HTML 5 Elements in IE 8 using HTML 5 Shiv

There are a lot of new HTML 5 elements like <header>, <article>, <footer> etc. that browsers like IE 8 and versions prior to that, do not support. These browsers need some help recognizing the new HTML5 elements and Remy Sharp’s HTML 5 Shiv provides just that.

To use this script, it must be included before the <body> element (i.e. in the <head>).

To improve performance, include the CSS first and then this script. Here’s how to declare this script

<!--[if lt IE 9]>
<script src="//"></script>

This script enables IE to acknowledge the new HTML 5 elements by directing it to create the elements using JavaScript. The conditional comment shown above only loads the html5 shiv code when the version of IE is lower than 9.

You also need some CSS styling to render the elements as  block-level elements


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Suprotim Agarwal
Suprotim Agarwal, Developer Technologies MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) is the founder and contributor for DevCurry, DotNetCurry and SQLServerCurry. He is the Chief Editor of a Developer Magazine called DNC Magazine. He has also authored two Books - 51 Recipes using jQuery with ASP.NET Controls. and The Absolutely Awesome jQuery CookBook.

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