Coding the future: HTML5 takes the internet by storm

admin wrote this on 7 Oct 2012

Ten year back web designers were well aware that most of their customers had slow connections and would not tolerate much of a wait. Even a simple black and white image could irritate a user, as it gradually appeared on the screen revealing it one painful line at a time.

That began to change as modem speeds gradually crept up and content makers used more sophisticated methods to encode their multimedia content. Macromedia’s Flash, now an Adobe product, made all the difference when it arrived in the mid-nineties. Animations, video sequences and graphics became more sophisticated.

But since its invention in the early 1990s HTML has not supported video natively.

That is why HTML5 is being received so enthusiastically by businesses in particular. The latest version can perform all kinds of dynamic tasks and visual tricks. The web is progressing faster now than it has in a long time.

Put simply it means that there’s now much less chance that customers visiting a website will come across a black hole in the middle of the page, or get endless prompts to “download a plug-in” which may take several minutes to install.

Many of Google’s famous front page doodles are built using HTML5.Google is pushing HTML5 hard, not surprising since the greater impact that web pages and apps have, the more advertising it can sell.

Its search homepage is traditionally sparse but many of the doodles are now being designed to take advantage of the newest code.

HTML5 also represents another step to the “semantic web”, a web structure championed by Tim Berners-Lee that cross-references, reacts to and displays multiple information sources from the internet in real time.

HTML5 is partly responsible for the browser wars in the past few years.

A decade ago Chrome, Firefox and Safari didn’t exist, and browser updates for Internet Explorer were only occasional.

Today desktop and mobile browsers update frequently as new HTML5 functions get incorporated.

Companies favor HTML5 because it can also replicate experiences previously only available inside an app, on the web. This is especially true for the mobile environment.

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