HTML5 is available to just about everyone on the Internet, with the major players in the web browser market all HTML5 capable. It is the new formatting language of the Web and plays a big role in how pages render. HTML5 adds new features such as new visual capabilities including scalable vector graphics reducing the needs for plugins and APIs. Learn more about HTML5 features here.
There are a number of new features and aspects of HTML5 that you should know, but here is the top five:
1. Simplifying Web Apps
HTML5 makes it easier to develop web applications, rather than individual software apps like on smartphones and tablets. In ways that weren't possible before, HTML5 simplifies the development process with the potential to create applications that look as visually stunning as their app counterparts, without being specific to a given platform.
As more people become accustomed to the app quality, they will begin to expect it, which is what makes this feature one of the things you should know about HTML5.
HTML5 offers a new Application Program Interface that allows for the functionality that most developers wouldn't have seen before. Combine the API with updated browsers, and HTML5 opens up possibilities that weren't available before, including geo-location service that can allow web browsers to access the location of users that visit the sites to provide location-based searches.
3. More Attractive Ads
Because HTML5 provides more stunning visuals in other areas of web development, it should only come as a natural expectation that these slicker visuals, easier and quicker development and new possibilities can mean great things for advertising. HTML5 allows an easier transition between what the computer user and the smartphone user see and it increases compatibility across browsers, something that has long been an issue for web developers.
4. Competition for Flash
Flash probably isn't going anywhere in the near future, but since HTML5 will offer greater visuals than XML or HTML, the need for Flash may drop, as developers are able to incorporate their graphics directly into HTML5 coding. The new coding even has a tag that allows developers to directly embed video without the use of Flash.
5. It's Already in Use
Technically, HTML5 isn't supposed to be available everywhere until 2014, but that doesn't mean that some developers aren't already taking advantage of its tools. Some sites are already using HTML5 for users that have an updated browser that is HTML5 capable.
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