HTML5, the new version of HTML, has created a lot of excitement amongst web developers. Even though development has not yet been completed, there is already a lot of speculation about how HTML5 will alter our experience of the world wide web.
Existing website owners can relax: the new standard of HTML will be compatible with the old version, HTML4. If your website already works, it will continue to do so.
The greatest impact of the change will be the new features that are due to be introduced. Website developers will be able to directly embed video in their pages. Currently, video embedding is usually achieved using Adobe Flash. Experts have speculated that Flash is in danger of becoming obsolete.
The introduction of HTML5 will speed up the browsing experience. This is because websites will be allowed to store a greater amount of information than ever before on the user’s computer. Information storage also occurs through cookies, but the amount that can be stored is very limited.
The mobile browsing experience will be vastly improved. The new version of HTML is able to recognize when the browser that is accessing the site belongs to mobile device. This means that the site can be displayed in a way that is more convenient for the mobile user. For example, text boxes on the page are optimized for use with mobile keyboards.
This could be the beginning of the end for the mobile “app”. Applications will run more effectively within browsers, which means that developers may choose to develop browser based applications instead of ones that will only run on a particular platform. The advantage for developers is that they can reach a wider market of potential users by offering browser based applications.
Whether your favourite browser is Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari, don’t worry: you are already prepared. There will be no sudden switch over. When HTML5 is accepted as standard, you should notice your browsing experience gradually becoming richer and more enjoyable.