What You Should Know About HTML 5

HTML or Hypertext Markup Language, and it’s the most common language used to create web pages. The basic HTML structure is composed of tags, but you can also embed images, videos, and load scripts from other languages (e.g., Javascript) inside pages.

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HTML or Hypertext Markup Language, and it’s the most common language used to create web pages. The basic HTML structure is composed of tags, but you can also embed images, videos, and load scripts from other languages (e.g., Javascript) inside pages. You probably already knew that. What you might not know is that currently we are using the 4th version of HTML, called HTML 4.01, and that the next version, called HTML 5.0, will completely change the web development segment.

Here are some major game changers that we’ll see with HTML 5:

  • The elements will be more aligned with modern web design practices. Some of the new tags include <header>,<nav>,<aside>,<footer>, <audio> and <video> and etc.
  • The DOCTYPE was simplified to <!DOCTYPE html>
  • New APIs (application programming interfaces) will be included. This will enable developers to add drag-n-drop features, document editing, drawing and so on
  • You will be able to embed audio/video directly in the HTML code and without the need for external plugins

Not bad?! But nobody can’t say for sure when HTML 5 will be adopted. The first public working draft with the HTML 5 specifications was published January of 2008. The last one was published in August of this year.  The major browsers are gradually incorporating HTML 5 specs, but it might be a while before they are fully compatible and before developers start using the language. [via w3.org]

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