Creating Websites with HTML5

HTML5 represents the 5th revision of standard HTML and introduces new conventions that are helpful for combining older code into new protocols capable of creating advanced and multimedia rich webpages.

What’s New in HTML5?

html5HTML5 aims to merge coding for previous versions of HTML and XHTML, to offer better support for new multimedia and to lay the foundation to begin establishing a more semantic web.  It seeks to create a universal standard; but this could arguably be one of the least of its capabilities.

HTML5 is positioning the browser experience to better handle the mobile revolution. The incredible growth of mobile and tablet usage doesn’t appear to be slowing down, yet the technology hasn’t quite caught up and the user experience on mobile devices is all too often leaving much to be desired. HTML5 is working to change that.

There are certain elements like embedded video or other formats that tablets and smartphones cannot render or even handle at all. In a sense HTML5 is restructuring code to make the mobile experience as seamless as it is on a desktop or laptop. This is crucial for big and small business, given that the numbers tout mobile as a primary means of e-commerce, shopping and B2C interaction.

HTML5 is intended to better serve how we use the internet today by:

  • Creating better page structure
  • Establishing a standard for how media is shown on a website
  • Establishing a standard for playing audio files on a webpage
  • New semantic elements

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Features and Benefits of Using HTML5

The first thing you will probably notice about HTML5 is its simplicity and ease of implementation. With new style tags, and a much easier new doctype, declarations that are more formal but easier to remember.

There is lots to love about HTML5:

  • Many new attributes built solely for Web applications
  • Cleaner and easier to understand
  • New structural tags
  • Shorter script declarations
  • Semantic
  • Audio and Video Tags

Many new elements have been created specifically for new media for example, the audio and video tags. This is a big deal for multimedia support. At present the only reliable way for embedding video on a website is using Flash. With the new tag in HTML5 the goal is to strive for an open video standard that does not require any plugins. To learn more about the the tag and see a full list of it’s attributes visit the W3C schools site.

Similar to video, we will also no longer need to rely on plugins for rendering audio with HTML5 with the new element.

Although there are many new, small amendments as well as elements in HTML 4 that will no longer be supported by HTML5, the biggest advancement is really holistic. It isn’t a whole new way of programming, as much it is better, cleaner programming that optimizes the web experience for the user. As more websites embrace new media and the code behind it, HTML5’s true reach and power will be seen.