After intense debate, an exciting new tag has been endorsed by the members of the W3C. Often a source of controversy, carousels have been a fixture in the sites of web designers for many years. Now the new <carousel> tag will make them easier than ever to implement. Sources say that the W3C was hotly divided over a group of new elements in the running for the next generation of HTML. “We couldn’t agree on a set of features,” says W3C CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, “so we just dumped everything into this one element so everyone would shut up about it. I was afraid it might come to blows.”
What does it do?
Early rumors say that it will contain a variety of functionalities that include oversized buttons and the ability to rasterize text directly onto a stock image. One W3C source who wishes to remain anonymous said, “I honestly don’t know everything that’s in the [<carousel>]. I never waited around long enough to see it all.”
As of this time, the carousel element will accept only pixel values for height and width dimensions.
The future is here. Just wait for it in the next slide.
One thing that doesn’t seem controversial is that business clients will be extremely pleased with the new tag . Louisville-area businessman William Coleman has loved the long-standing carousel on his site, but he hasn’t loved the cost. “I can only assume this will finally make it easy for me to Dreamweaver my promotions onto my own website. I’m getting tired of paying a designer to tell me my Word docs aren’t high enough resolution.” The designer couldn’t be reached for comment from Coleman’s cellphone.
“I, for one, am excited about a web where nothing is revealed to me with any context or control,” said Brandon Walter at a Philadelphia Marketing and SEO meetup. “Think of the excitement, the suspense. I’m becoming more engaged already.” The element is most certainly a game-changing tag, and designers should expect to be able to use it soon after a consensus is reached about the “parallax” CSS4 properties.