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HTML5 Shakes Up Browser Experience

Written on December 09, 2010 by B Waldorf

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HTML5 was tagged as the newest addition to technology innovation. The tweaked version showcases an all new set of goodies that marks the revamp of people's daily Internet lives.

To take part as a consumer in the world of high technology, people should understand how it works and pay emphasis on the barrage of acronyms and web jargon definitions. Let bridge the gap between you and the gateway to difficult technology words. First on the list — HTML5.


You’ve heard the term “HTML5″ thrown around by the likes of Apple and Google. For the non-programmers, HTML5 is the newest addition to the Markup Language family. HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language is the backbone of almost every site on the internet. , the last major iteration of the language, debuted in 1997 and has been subsequently poked and prodded to handle the demands of the modern web.

The HTML4 is tweaked, stretched and augmented beyond initial scope to bring high definition of interactivity and multimedia to web sites. Your favorite plug-ins like Flash, Silverlight and Java added up a new media integration to the web, but not without some cost. If you seek a “better user experience”, HTML5 is the right interface for you. HTML5 puts many new features, and streamlines functionality to render processor-intensive add-ons unnecessary for many common functions.

What exactly does it do?

HTML5’s most touted add-on to web experience is what developers and programmers refer to as media playback and offline storage. Its predecessor, HTML4, usually have to reach for Flash (or Silverlight) to simply show a video or play music. HTML5 gives the full privilege for sites to embed media directly with the simple HTML <video> and <audio> tags, minus the plug-ins. However, there are issues currently being debated by the powers it possesses, and a particularly sticky one deals with file format.

Some companies, especially Mozilla, are currently open for the adoption of the open-source Ogg format, which is free for anyone to use. Another plus that HTML5 offers, is the ability to store offline data for web apps. This one syncs automatically when you go online next time. HTML5 also adds new interactivity features, like drag-and-drop, that have already found their way to Gmail.

How canĀ  you use it?

Well, you are taking advantage of HTML5 without noticing it. Safari (mobile and desktop), Google Chrome and Firefox 3.6 are all sporting at least some elements of HTML5. Many Google products are already using some features of the next-generation protocol. If you’re under the spell of Safari or Chrome, check out an experimental version of YouTube that makes use of HTML5’s video features. Gmail and Google Reader adopted some parts of this platform as well. All iPad-ready sites supports HTML5 too!

There you have it, HTML5’s perks and advantages. So next time you run your browser, you can tell to other hardcore internet users that you wish HTML5 was born earlier. Don’t forget to share what makes you love (or hate) HTML5 in the comment box below.


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