HTML5 for Web Developers: Why It's Worth Your Time
When asked how HTML5 differs from traditional HTML, Meyer responded that it's still that same HTML--plus more elements. "HTML5 adds new elements for things like sections of a document and articles, and figures and captions for figures. So it covers things that a lot of us do all the time, like create <div class="figure"> and then <p class="caption"> inside of that to go along with an image. Now there's just an element called 'figure' and you insert an image and you have an element after that called 'caption.'"
Speaking about HTML5, mobile applications and the future, Meyer had this to say, "The argument is that 10 years from now we're going to look back at rebuilding apps for every mobile device and go 'What the hell were we thinking?' It's the same way kids who graduate from decent web development programs today don't understand why anyone ever tried to layout a page with tables. I've had conversations with people who literally just can't understand. Even when you explain, 'Well, there was no CSS.' They're like, 'But surely there was something better because that's just awful.' Betting against the web is the sure losing bet of technology. Over the long-term, that's where I see things going."