HTML and CSS Reference
Asking for help
Now that we have seen what these files are and where to get them from, it's important
that you are familiar with how to ask for help and, most importantly, where. Do remem-
ber that most of the maintainers of the HTML5 Boilerplate project work on it in their
free time. The more you spend time being specific about what you want help with, the
faster and better they will be able to help you. Here is how to ask for help:
• Isolate the problem: What is the exact issue? Use dabblet.com, code-
pen.io, jsfiddle.net, or jsbin.com to create a test case that reproduces the
issue with least markup, style, and script. Most of the time the act of doing
so will, in itself, have you find what the issue is.
• If you can reproduce this issue and isolate it to a problem arising because
of a feature of HTML5 Boilerplate, go to github.com/h5bp/htm-
l5boilerplate.com/issues and use the Search field to check if it has
already been reported. If not, create a new issue with a link to your test
• If this issue is not a result of HTML5 Boilerplate, but an interaction that you
can't quite place, go to stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/
html5boilerplate and create a question linking to the isolated test
case. Make sure you tag the question as html5boilerplate or h5bp, so one
of the maintainers can catch it and answer quickly.
• If it is a small enough question to be asked on Twitter, tweet at ht-
tps://twitter.com/h5bp with a link to the test case and the specific section
you want help with.
Lea Verou has written a great article on submitting browser bug reports
community-report-browser-bugs/ and it is equally useful for
asking for help with any open source web development project.