Sunday, January 24, 2010

What is HTML 5?

I have been hearing more and more about HTML 5 during the past year. It has received A LOT more attention in the last week since YouTube released an HTML 5 Beta program. So, what is HTML 5?

HTML5 is the next major revision of HTML. It is currently still a draft, but expected in 2012 (W3C Candidate Recommendation status). Here are some of the improvements that will be found in HTML 5:

  • There will be new tags that make it much easier to embed applications and handle interactive elements.

  • Offline data storage.

  • Ability for visitors to edit sections of web pages.

  • New HTML elements that better describe content.

  • Improved web form handling and validation.

  • Numerous APIs

  • Will it compete with Flash?

For more information on the improvements that will be found in HTML 5, visit "5 Exciting Things to Look Forward to in HTML 5, "HTML5 and the Future of the Web" and "HTML 5 Differences from HTML 4."

Here are a few places where you can see examples of HTML 5 in use today:

If you want to learn more about HTML 5, here is also a video from Google. Be forewarned, it is 42 minutes long.

If anyone has additional info on HTML 5 to share or if you have examples, please add them to the comments section.


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  2. HTML 5 is definitely one of the standard to look forward in the future.

    The latest version of browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Safari has HTML5 support but the most commonly used browser IE still lacks in the HTML5 support and there is no indication from Microsoft on when they are going to add the HTML5 support to IE. Though there is Google Chrome Frame plugin that can be installed with IE to make it render HTML5 but I do not think that the average computer users are ready to install it in their machines. HTML5 still has a long way to go.

    Here are our thoughts on HTML5 -

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