Kay Brighton
15 July 2014 @ 07:08 pm
The border between desktop and mobile is quickly fading away and users expect to get the information they need anywhere, anytime, and they expect it to be fast. Meeting all of those expectations and providing users with what they want is the single best way to keep clients focused on your website.

This is where HTML5 comes in: HTML5 is the latest standard for HTML and it is so powerful that it can support rich content such as animation, audio, video, graphics, and various types of complicated web applications without the need for additional plug-ins.

While HTML5 isn't an officially ratified standard - yet. It does continue to edge closer to completion, however, and when combined with CSS3 and JavaScript, HTML5 can do some pretty incredible things.

What exactly is HTML Code?

HTML is short for "Hypertext Markup Language" and is the main language used to create web pages. HTML has existed since the early 90's and is constantly evolving to meet the new requirements of the ever-growing Internet audience.

HTML code is translated by web browsers to create the web page you see when surfing the internet. HTML standards are maintained by an organization called the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

So what is the difference between HTML and HTML5?

HTML5 is simply the latest evolution of the standard that defines HTML - the code that powers the web. HTML5 was designed to replace both HTML 4, XHTML, and the HTML DOM Level 2.

HTML5 was specifically designed to deliver rich content without the need for additional plug-ins. The current version of HTML5 delivers everything from animation to graphics, audio to video, and can also be used to build complex web applications.

HTML5 also cross-platform. It is designed to work whether you are using a PC, Tablet, Smartphone or a Smart TV.

HTML5 is cross-platform, which means it can be used on a smart phone, tablet, computer, or notebook. All major browsers support it, too, which is good.

The first draft of HTML5 code was made public in 2008. In 2011, HTML5 was released and people started to use it, but the support in different web browsers was still poor. Today all major web browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and IE, offer HTML5 support.

HTML5 works directly with CSS3 and is still in development. The W3C plans to release a stable version within the next year. HTML5 has been in continuous development, with the W3C adding more and more impressive features.

HTML5 is the successor of HTML 4.01 which was released for the first time in 1999. The internet has changed significantly since then and because of this, the creation of HTML5 was necessary.

HTML5 content will look and behave differently across various browsers and devices. This makes it critical to perform through cross-browser and cross-device testing. Testing needs to remain a standard part of the development process until there is a 100% parity across all browsers and devices.