What is HTML5?
HTML5 is the newest version of the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) that was developed in the late 80’s in order to display content on web pages. HTML5 provides developers with new, meaningful ways to organize content. Using new tags such as <header>, <footer>, <article> and <section> allow pages to be organized more intuitively than ever before. This is a move towards a more “Semantic Web”, or what is also known as “Web 3.0”. Harnessing new semantic technologies such as HTML5 will help to improve a website’s discoverability and interrelationships.
Create rich internet applications with HTML5
Rich Internet Applications (RIA) are web applications that can bridge the gap between the browser and desktop. An RIA can communicate with the user’s local system to provide an experience that extends beyond the browser. This used to be managed with Flash and Java previously, but HTML5 has much better functionality and is supported on all operating systems.
HTML5 enables rich media
- HTML5 provides native (doesnt need a plugin, it just works) support for audio and video. This means people using iPhones and Mac computeres can see HTML videos
- HTML5 doesnt require plugins like Flash, to work in a browser. It works on any device
- HTML5 video and audio take up less battery usage on mobile phone devices, compared to say, Flash