Introduction to HTML – Why is it relevant?

01/01/2012 by Vanick Digital

You may have heard the term HTML 5 tossed around recently in reference to websites and web development, but what is it all about?

What is HTML 5?
HTML 5 is heralded as the next standard for website design and creation; in essence it is the newest version of the language that browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari, will use to render websites.

How is HTML 5 different?
The driving force behind HTML 5 was to provide a better user experience by eliminating the use for plug-ins such as Flash, Silverlight and Java. To name just one of the many new features, HTML 5 allows developers to directly embed music and video into the site, decreasing webpage load times while offering advanced audio, video animations, etc.

In addition to new functionality, HTML 5 is a much cleaner way to write code. Consistency in code means that there will be less of a learning curve between developers and designers when working on new sites. This could reduce development time and costs.

Finally, HTML 5 allows developers to specify the files that a browser should cache, meaning that if you refresh the page when you are offline it will still load correctly. This will provide an advantage to web-based applications, allowing them to run on smart phones or tablets when no internet connection is available.

Where is HTML 5 being used today?
Browsers such as Safari (mobile and desktop), Google Chrome and Firefox 3.6 all support some elements of HTML 5. Also any site touted as "iPad ready" is using HTML 5. Examples include The New York Times, CNN and CBS websites.

Is your browser compatible with HTML 5?
Click this link to find out.

If you would like to discuss how HTML 5 can benefit your company's website contact us.

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