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Introducing HTML5, Second Edition by Remy Sharp, Bruce Lawson

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Chapter 12: Polyfilling: Patching Old Browsers to Support HTML5 Today

Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp

SO, THANK YOU for reading this far. By now we’ve probably whetted your appetite with new structural elements, piqued your interest with the new APIs, and you’re champing at the bit to start using all these new cool things. But Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 stand in your way. Not for long, gentle reader.

Introducing polyfills

When you decorate your house, you find cracks or holes in walls and wooden surfaces that need to be filled so that the surface is level. To achieve this, you use a white filler paste that gives you a smooth, level surface upon which you can paint, hang wallpaper, or otherwise decorate.

This chapter introduces polyfilling, which ...

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