What is HTML5?
HTML5, together with CSS3 defines new standards for web development for both desktop computers and mobile devices and cell phones. Doors open for new design options and dynamic information.
Much is talking lately about this new version of the popular HTML. For those who still do not know and always feared ask: HTML is the programming language and basic mother of all websites. This is a set of tags that are used to format different types of content, especially text.
The only formats and displays HTML content, and has the ability to interface with variables, database, etc. Even more complex websites, system using large databases and perform complex tasks, send to browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.) Pure HTML.
HTML5 is a new version of this universal language and, while still under development, we can enjoy it in most browsers. Google Chrome is a pioneer in HTML5 support and is currently the browser that provides further support to this version of HTML.
What we offer HTML?
While it represents a lot of improvements over its previous version, these are the most important:
- Simplification: The new code offers new ways simpler to specify some parameters and pieces of code.
- Multimedia content: audio and video playback without plug-ins
- Animations: Ability to display content similar to Adobe Flash, but apart from this component. HTML5 will have native support for a technology similar to Flash.
- Data storage on the client side: A fundamental difference between desktop and web applications was the need of the latter, to process information and consultations provided databases on a server, making applications are slower and always required a constant Internet connection. HTML5 to store and process information on the client, making a Web application to an application much more like a desktop.
- Effects and new version of CSS: The new version of HTML accompany a new version of CSS, CSS3. These are new formatting capabilities, such as the implementation of shadows, rounded edges, etc.
Many of the things that, until now, could only be achieved by inserting them as images, may be performed in code. This not only results in an improvement in the speed and performance of a site, but also in new and limitless design options.
- Geo-location: Websites may know the physical location of the person who visits.
- Nonstandard Fonts: Until now, perhaps the biggest limitation that designers faced was the inability to use non-standard fonts in our websites. Virtually all were limited to those that were imposed by the major browsers, such as Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana, Tahoma, etc. The implementation of systems like Google Fonts today allows us to use many more!
In short: HTML5 will offer a number of improvements that will allow the development of web sites faster, more functional, and new designs.