An Overview Of HTML5

An Overview Of HTML5

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:

<header>HEADER CONTENT</header>

Other HTML5 Elements

The canvas element is another new element which will be introduced in HTML5.  It allows graphics, such as graphs and animations, to be drawn onto the canvas using a scripting language such as JavaScript.  Some impressive examples of the canvas elements can be found at html5games.

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:

  1. The canvas element for 2d drawing and animation
  2. Timed media playback
  3. Geo-Locaction
  4. Offline storage (for offline applications)
  5. Drag-and-drop
  6. 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.

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