|HTML5: The Flash Killer|
The web is relentlessly developing and persistent web-users keep themselves updated with the latest and ground-breaking websites along with the most common format, HTML of course which is used for creating web applications and issuing documents on web . Many websites today are seen approaching the boundaries of HTML in every possible way, however new techniques that will enhance functionality and subdue the constraints of HTML4 will be definitely welcomed willingly mounting. So to provide more agility; the next big modification of HTML, HTML5 is on the prospect after HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML. It promises to provide complete host of new conveniences enhancing a wide range of features out of which chief is offline support for popular Web applications.
The big buzz in the field of web-technology about HTML5 is because the world’s largest companies Google and Apple are favoring it for the features it possesses and compatibility it will serve their browsers Chrome and Safari respectively. The work of HTML5 which began in 2004 is currently being handled by joint efforts of W3C HTML WG and the WHATWG. The six major purveyors of Apple, Mozilla, Opera, Google, IBM and Microsoft are also participating in W3C effort along with several other associations and individuals with miscellaneous interests and proficiency.
Features of HTML5
HTML bestows many advantages with its new functions for driving in audio, video, graphics, client-side data storage, and interactive documents. HTML 5 also enfold new elements like <nav>, <header>, <footer>, and <figure> and enable more interactive and exciting websites and applications by featuring form controls, APIs, multimedia, structure, and semantics. It also improves ability of diverse systems and organizations to work together and reduces advancement costs.
Video and Audio
HTML 5 video has an impressive promise with open video and a type of control that an embedded video player (like flash) simply does not permit today. Its new feature of sustaining audio and video tags makes it easy for anyone to publish videos and audios in variance to the current HTML that lacks the essential means to embed and control multimedia itself successfully and for which it relies on Flash currently.
HTML5 however, urges no need for plug-ins like Quicktime or Flash for playback functionality as the HTML5 <video>tag enables to embed video clips in web pages as similar to how the <image> tag works for images. In regard with this feature, Apple promises support for media tags of HTML5 amid other next-generation Web standards in Safari 4.
Supported features can also be viewed in the detail chart at molly.com that exhibits HTML5 compatibility with several net browsers.
HTML5 is still a working draft and is currently experiencing profound and rapid developments. However the work is still expected to go on for a number of years. It is not believed to be completed till it attains its goal of being capable of executing and being used by the developers and the designers. This article is just a foretaste of the forthcoming HTML5 and key modifications in the specification can be expected for sure. It is certainly foreseen that the new alteration of HTML shall boost and assist the webmasters enormously in the years to come!