Though HTML5 was in the fringes for more than 2 years, but it came out as a buzzword in 2011.
The new version of HTML description language for websites allows direct embedding of audio, video and graphical elements to a webpage. HTML5 has more than 28 features, some of them being so specialized that plugins like Adobe Flash Player seems obsolete in HTML5 supported browsers.
Why I’m saying this? Lets understand this in detail, with live example.
Today, Flash Player must be installed in our system to run a music file.
But with HTML5, browsers can run music files, both audio and video without installing plugins like Flash Player. They can be directly played, paused with the help of a default GUI provided by HTML5.
To insert a file in HTML5 webpage, just add the HTML code for inserting a file, then put name of music file in it, and you’re done. Now uninstall Adobe Flash Player and run this code in latest Chrome or Firefox browser. You’ll see the song played in the browser despite having no Flash plugin installed.
The scope of HTML5 is high. Interactive websites and games can be made lightweight. Furthermore, HTML5 simplifies website’s DHTML coding and supports developer with features like inbuilt form validation.
Though, development of HTML5 is still in progress but developers are using most of its features in their works.
The latest versions of almost all websites and browsers use HTML5 to a limited extent.
The biggest factor that prevented its spread is most netizens don’t have HTML5 supported browsers. IE being the most used browser, doesn’t support HTML5 till its 9th and 10th versions. Firefox 7+ and Chrome 3+ fully support HTML5.