W3C Pronounces HTML5 Standard Complete, Changing Web Development Forever
As a gesture of highest level of endorsement, W3C – World Wide Web consortium has published its recommendation for HTML5. A follow-up to HTML4 - HTML5 underwent a continuous process of development all these years, and recently, the standard version was finalized after years spent on adding features, tweaking and iterating.
The end user might not notice any changes, however chances are that your web browser already supports HTML5 features like vector graphics and (video) element – unless you are using a really old version of explorer. In addition to these regular features, there are also some interesting new features like (canvas) element – used for 2D shapes and bitmap images rendering, MathML support to display mathematical notations and API’s for offline caching, drag and drop support etc, that HTML 5 has brought to the web.
Let’s see some prominent benefits HTML5 standard has brought for the web.
A Richer User Experience with Responsive Web Design:
Today, watching videos, surfing through websites, shopping online and sharing photographs using our phones and other mobile devices has become so easy – and we never give it a second thought. We expect to stay connected and do all these mentioned activities anytime and from anywhere across all mobile devices. HTML5 and open web platform has made this so easy, that now users expect more and will accept nothing less than this.
HTML5 brings with it the feature of interoperability. Web developers can depend on the set of interoperable features defined by HTML 5, while building a website. Additionally, a certain HTML5.1 is in the offing, and the non-interpretable features pertaining to the digital rights management issues, are proposed to be included in this version.
Web browsing is rapidly transforming and is becoming more about videos. Before HTML5 there was no set standard of showing videos on the web, and videos could be played only with a plug-in. However the
Before HTML5, you could only make your Webpages look like they are dividend in sections, but not behave accordingly. With the sectional elements feature in HTML5,now it is possible to improve the structure of your webpage and make it semantic search friendly.
During the development phase, it was speculated that HTML5 standard would get a recommendation only in 2020, however W3C fast tracked the process, and under the ‘plan 2014’ gave out the final verdict so soon. As a part of the ‘plan 2014’, an extension specs development project was separately run in parallel to HTML5. While ‘long descriptions’ are yet under development as separate W3C recommendations, extension specs (i.e. Ruby and elements) were packed back into HTML5 standard.
Change is evident, and to stay in competition HTML5 future versions will have to match pace with the ever evolving online environment. The W3C, in its press release has recommended that the next version of HTML standard, should focus more on core ‘application foundations’ like tools for security and privacy, device interactions, application lifecycle, media and real-time communications and services around the social web, payments and annotations.
It is time to celebrate as the final recommendation for HTML5 is done; now along with fixing any bugs that might be spotted, it is of vital importance to continuously work on development of HTML 5.1.
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Chirag Shivalker is Head of Technical Content Team at Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services. He has more than decade long experience in writing technology and trend analysis. Chirag is an expert in technology and technological trends along with business writing.