Tuesday, June 14, 2011

O2 TECH > HTML 5 - The Future of the Web is here!

HTML 5Embracing the New Hotness of HTML 5 - The Future of the Web is here!
Posted By - Evan

First Apple and Google said it and then it was Microsoft – There is no beating HTML 5. The thumbs-up given by the three big boys is being reflected in the internet chatter surrounding HTML 5. So, one thing is for sure, the benefits of this structuring language are definitely not a result of rumor mongering. They are there, and they are up for grabs.
So, what are the features that are making HTML 5 such a talked about version. 
Why is this latest HTML revision being touted as being the best ever? 
Let’s take a look.

Introduction of new Elements
If it’s being called the new and improved version, there must be some new element that it brings to its users. Well, there are plenty of new introductions; let’s start with the ‘header’; it can be used to put in branding information or even more in depth information such as ‘table of contents’. Another element that is worth a mention is the ‘nav’ element. It is used to contain link groups that link with other pages or various sections of the same page. Only primary navigation link groups are a part of the nav element. Another important element is the ‘aside’ element, which is used for representing content restricted to the main area of document.
These elements might look like the rehashed version of some previous elements, but the difference lies in the way they have been defined. They are a step up from their previous versions and help you structure your document in a semantic manner.
New APIs on Offer
There are plenty of scripting application programming interfaces on offer including, an offline storage database, a drag–and-drop functionality, browser history management, 2D canvas element, and many more. Some of these technologies are a part of the W3C HTML 5 specification while all of them figure in the specifications for WHATWG HTML. There are also other technologies such as ‘File Writer’, Web SQL Database’, and ‘File API’ amongst others that are not a part of either W3C HTML 5 or the WHATWG HTML.
While mentioning the APIs it’s important to debunk a common misconception. You won’t be able to integrate animation within web pages using HTML 5. If you want to animate your HTML elements, you must use CSS3 or JavaScript
Mobile Device Friendly
HTML 5 is still a work in progress and therefore has limited support. But, every early indication suggests that it’s going to be a good bet for structuring and presenting mobile friendly content. Devices that are powered by Webkit support HTML 5. And the fact that most of the popular mobile devices on the market are founded on the Webkit rendering engine means, HTML 5 is definitely a language of the future. Most of the features of HTML 5 are already being used in development of iPhone web app; there is no doubt that in the near future, it will be used to develop web applications for other mobile platforms as well.
HTML 5 is the next big thing and something that has been developed keeping the future in mind.  It will definitely change the way we leverage the power of the World Wide Web.

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