What’s the Deal with HTML5

Christina Rickabaugh January 2, 2015

By now, many people have heard of HTML5, which was officially announced by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as “the fifth major revision of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the format used to build Web pages and applications, and the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform.”


While HMTL5 is a popular buzzword, people may not know exactly what it means. What it boils down to is for web pages, HTML provides the structure, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) provide the presentation, and JavaScript takes care of how the site behaves. All together, these scripts create what users see and do when they visit a website.


One of the main strengths behind HTML5 is its ability to deliver almost everything a user would want to do on a website without the need for additional software such as browser plug-ins. Rather than having to rely on an external platform—such as Adobe Flash—that is not available on mobile devices, HTML5 gives developers the opportunity to do things such as embed animations, movies and music on websites that are responsive across all platforms.


An HTML5 website is comprised of one or more various Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) that allow developers to create the great, interactive content users can be exposed to thanks to the advances made in HTML5. While some APIs may not be completely supported by older versions of current browsers, HTML5 is becoming increasingly more adopted across the board, which will lead to better, faster websites and applications.


The new features of HTML5 and its various APIs comprise a wide range of categories including:

  • Structure
  • Performance
  • Integration
  • Graphics
  • Media
  • Security
  • Web Components
  • Storage


The features are too extensive to be covered in just one blog post, but for those looking to learn more, we are pleased to announce our new HTML5 Website that outlines many of the new opportunities available in HTML5 and how they can create compelling websites. Just click on the link and explore away!

Interested in learning more about HTML5 and the ways your website can attract potential customers? Contact us today to speak with a web design expert.

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