I often like to start my projects from scratch and stray away from using frameworks. HTML5 Boilerplate is a really great resource for creating a style-agnostic web project foundation; all your bases will be covered. However, it’s much more than I need for a standard project, and I’d waste more time deleting what I don’t need than I’d save for the convenience.
A minimal index.html file should always contain a few things, though.
Declare the document type
<!doctype html> – HTML5.
Define the character coding
<meta charset="utf-8"> – UTF8.
Define the width of the viewport
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
Optimize for mobile and prevent zoom/horizontal scroll.
Make browsers render elements consistently with a CSS reset.
Normalize.css is a good option.
Include jQuery library (optional)
Google generously provides hosted libraries
js/scripts.js are acceptable paths.
Use the latest Internet Explorer rendering mode (optional)
<meta http-equiv="x-ua-compatible" content="ie=edge"> – Not mandatory, but might be helpful.
<!doctype html> <html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <meta http-equiv="x-ua-compatible" content="ie=edge"> <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1"> <title></title> <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/main.css"> <link rel="icon" href="images/favicon.png"> </head> <body> <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.4/jquery.min.js"></script> <script src="js/scripts.js"></script> </body> </html>