Before we discuss the new features that are found in HTML5, we need to know what it is. HTML5 is the wave of the future for the internet. What’s interesting is it’s possible to already benefit from some of its features. Hyperlink Text Markup Language is the backbone of the internet. With all the new devices the present HTML4 isn’t able to keep up. Many devices like iPad and iPhones are having a lot of problems with different features of HTML4. The new HTML5 will address these problems, making it possible for mobile devices to use all the features of the internet.
What is so important about HTML5?
The present HTML format cannot keep up with technology. It has been changed repeatedly in an attempt to keep up, but it is getting more difficult than ever. Plugins that are used on the internet are no longer supported by HTML4. It was just too difficult to keep up with. That means many Apple products can’t use plugins to enjoy different aspects of the web.
What’s New in HTML5?
A couple of the best features of HTML5 are offline storage and media playback, with HTML4 plugins were needed. However the new version lets sites embed media directly by using the HTML tags, ‘audio’ and ‘video’. Plugins will no longer be needed. That means easier access to music and videos on sites like YouTube.
Some of the structural elements have changed which makes HTML5 easier to navigate. The ‘nav’ element allows documents with links can now be included.
The ‘section’ feature will allow documents to be separated into portions.
These features are there to make it easier to share content on the web.
Something else that is new with HTML5 is the drag and drop feature. This allows you to pick up anything on the internet and carry it to your document or page. Classes and IDs are no longer required.
The Geolocation function will allow you to retrieve location information. You will not only be able to get the longitude and latitude of a device, you will also be able to get position updates.
When Will HTML5 Be Ready to Use
The expected finish date for HTML5 is 2014. What is cool is some of the new features are already being used. Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox have already begun to implement some of the features that are new with HTML5. You can use Google Chrome now to experiment with some of the new features. Gmail and Google Reader are now using features of HTML5. Sites that are listed as being iPad ready are using HTML5. Some of the sites presently claiming iPad ready are The New York Times, CBS and CNN. Flash is gradually being phased out in preparation for HTML5.
Since many gaming sites require Flash however, it will not disappear completely. It is too expensive to change over many of the gaming sites at this time. That means your gaming experience won’t be interrupted for quite a while.
All of the old standard input types are still going to be supported but now there will be some added to the list:
- number range
video: Allows you to add video to web pages quickly.
audio: You will be able to add sound to your web pages.
Get Ready For HTML5
You can get ready for HTML5 by using a web browser that is supporting the latest technologies like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. There are actually quite a few web browsers that you can choose from. Stay clear from Internet Explorer though as this is not quite ready for HTML5, new progression has been with IE9 for its HTM5 and CSS3 support but it’s just not as compatible as other browsers.
The web is constantly progressing and now with HTML5 there is nothing that can stop technology. You should get prepared for the future that is upon us now. Soon you will be able to do so much more than you are doing now and it will be easier to do.