HTML5 Isn't the HTML You Grew Up With

By HTMLGoodies Staff

The web of yesteryear was a flat, static, document-laden landscape of slow-loading images and simple gif animations. Today's web is a vibrant, visual, ever-changing world of interactive, social websites and applications, and HTML5 will make it even better. 

HTML has always provided a link between web browsers and web servers--a common language that is understood by both desktop and mobile device browsers, as well as tablets. As Patrick Lauke, a member of the developer relations team at Opera, put it so eloquently, "the HTML5 specification goes into a lot more detail — not only defining the various markup elements available to authors, but also describing exactly how markup itself should be parsed."

By using HTML5, a website or web application will function and appear the same across browsers and platforms. Additionally, with many HTML5 tags, a JavaScript-based API or framework enables developers to have additional control over a tag's given functionality and behavior. This provides the potential for HTML5-based applications to take on the look and feel of native or desktop applications, rivaling the traditional app marketplace. 

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