What is HTML5?
What’s so good about HTML5?
HTML5 has been designed to deliver almost everything you’d want to do online without requiring additional software such as browser plugins. It does everything from animation to apps, music to movies, and can also be used to build incredibly complicated applications that run in your browser.
There’s more. HTML5 isn’t proprietary, so you don’t need to pay royalties to use it. It’s also cross-platform, which means it doesn’t care whether you’re using a tablet or a smartphone, a netbook, notebook or ultrabook or a Smart TV: if your browser supports HTML5, it should work flawlessly. Inevitably, it’s a bit more complicated than that. More about that in a moment.
What does HTML5 do?
We’ve come a long way since HTML could barely handle a simple page layout. HTML5 can be used to write web applications that still work when you’re not connected to the net; to tell websites where you are physically located; to handle high definition video; and to deliver extraordinary graphics.
When will HTML5 be finished?
HTML5 is an evolving standard, so it’s a bit misleading to talk about when it’ll be finished. What’s important is that HTML’s features – such as the aforementioned geolocation, web apps, video and graphics can be used now, provided your browser supports them.
Do I need an HTML5 browser?
You’ve probably got one already. All of the big name browsers – Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera, Mobile Safari and Android’s browser – support HTML5, but they don’t all support the same things.
Firefox generally supports the widest selection of HTML5 features, with Chrome and Safari following shortly afterwards, but as we said HTML5 is an evolving standard and the latest versions of each browser more than cover the basics.
What tools do I need to create HTML5 websites?
Purists would say that you don’t need any tools – you can write HTML5 code with a biro and a bit of paper if you wish – but others prefer tools such as Adobe’s Dreamweaver, which gained an HTML5 pack in 2010.
Adobe is also readying Edge, a dedicated HTML5 animation tool that promises to make it easy to create Flash-style animation.