An Overview Of HTML5
HTML5 is the proposed next standard for the web. One of the main features of HTML5 is the fact it removes the need for many third-party plugins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. It will allow both audio and video to embedded into a HTML page without any dependencies.
New Elements In HTML5
Another major feature would be the large number of new elements. These include ‘sectional’ elements named header, nav, section, article, aside, and footer. These will replace the traditional div elements so instead of having:
<div id=”header”>HEADER CONTENT</div>
You would simply use:
Other HTML5 Elements
The audio element allows you to directly embed an audio file, such as MP3, into your page. Alternatively you can also include audio streams. Similarly you can use the video element to embed video files or streams in your HTML page. Below are the six main additions in HTML5:
- The canvas element for 2d drawing and animation
- Timed media playback
- Offline storage (for offline applications)
- Document editing
Although HTML5 does look promising it will be several years before it is considered an official standard by the W3C. Furthermore technologies such as Adobe Flash run a lot smoother when compared to current HTML5 examples.