Aug 5

What Is HTML5?

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Christopher Casanova

A lot of buzz has been flying around the web development community about HTML5. If you happen to own an iOS device, we’re sure you have had this term thrown around by Apple many times.

The last major revision of HTML occurred in 1997 with HTML4. A lot of people are wondering about HTML5 and if it can handle the demands of the Web, especially in a world like today where technology is growing rapidly. They are also asking what apps and programs would users find necessary, encouraging, and entertaining that utilizes HTML5? Apple and more recently Pandora are primary examples of companies who have strong faith in HTML5 and are proving how useful and effective it is within their websites.

Plug-ins like Flash, Silverlight and Java have made it possible for HTML4 to watch videos, play animations, play games, or move objects on their pages. Apple has dropped altogether support for some of these plug-ins, like Flash, in order to provide a better user experience and extend battery life. This would leave leaving much of the media-heavy Internet inaccessible on iPads and iPhones. HTML5 adds many new features, and streamlines functionality in order to render these processor-intensive add-ons unnecessary for many common functions. Given the popularity and success of Apple’s devices, HTML5 has proven to be effective and useful amongst the users and developers.

What exactly can it do?

As an open standard, HTML5 embodies some of the best aspects of the web. A major addition that has caught the media’s attention is the ability to store offline data for Web apps. Imagine being able to create files in Google Docs or draft e-mails when away from an Internet connection. Or being able to using intuitive interactivity features, like drag-and-drop, in apps such as Gmail. HTML5 lets sites directly embed media with the simple HTML tags “<video>” and “<audio>”. But just as you can only watch HDTV broadcasts on an HD-compatible television, you need to use an up-to-date, HTML5-compatible browser in order to enjoy sites and apps that take advantage of HTML5.

Where can I get it?

Thankfully, as an Internet user, you have lots of choice when it comes to web browsers and they can be downloaded for free. HTML5 is constantly evolving based on the user and programmers needs. HTML5 is standard and incorporates some of the best aspects online today. It’s open source and works on any modern browser. But, just like HD monitors and televisions are required to view HD and 3D programs so too is it necessary to have the most up to date browser for the full use of HTML5’s features. There are various great choices for web browsers, the following being:

 

http://www.mozilla.com
http://www.opera.com
http://www.goolge.com/chrome/
http://www.apple.com/safari/

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