HTML5: Helping Technology to Prosper

Filed Under (Web Applications) by Fawad on 12-10-2010

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HTML 5, primarily developed for describing scientific documents went through many modifications, developments in every respect. In this long 20 years and it is believed that the newer version HTML 5 will enable the user to describe a number of other types of documents also.

Current Status

HTML5 is the fifth major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web, HTML. The 24 June 2010 W3C Working Draft produced by the HTML Working Group, part of the HTML Activity intends to publish this document as a Working Group Note to accompany the HTML5 specification.

The Draft:

1. Defines a single language called HTML5 which can be written in HTML syntax as well as  in XML   syntax.

2. Defines detailed processing models to cater interoperable implementations.

3. Improves existing markup for documents.

4. Introduces new markups and APIs (application programming interfaces)for emerging idioms,   such as Web applications.

New APIs

  • API for playing videos and audios which can be used with the new video and audio elements.
  • An API that enables users to use web applications in offline mode.
  • API that allows a Web application to register itself for certain protocols or media types.
  • API with new content editing attribute.
  • API with drag and drop attribute.
  • API that exposes the history and also allows pages to add to it to prevent breaking the back button.

New Entrants

HTML 5’s structure is improved with some new elements, including, as well, inline features. Thanks to all these elements, the process of using the web pages is much easier and even more secured. The new elements included are:

  • Header
  • Footer
  • Nav
  • Figure
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Graphics
  • Client data storage
  • Article
  • Time
  • Meter
  • Progress
  • Interactive features: details, command and datagrid


    • All those vendors included in the collective effort, as Microsoft, Opera, Mozilla and Apple, are still working to develop a perfect structure of HTML 5, by continuously upgrading the structure factors.
    • The vendors are also focused in changing the HTML syntax from the SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) to XML (XForms Markup Language), and, as well, to add some more elements, as SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). At the same time, it presents more browser elements in RSS and tabs options.

Benefits of Using the Upgraded Version of HTML 5

  • Completes the task free of errors due to an improved structure
  • Reduces the development costs through specific rules in using HTML elements
  • Provides specific tasks to recover from any errors, if these occurs
  • Identifies most-use elements introduced into header, footer, section, nav and article, as:
    • Header: The page header is shown on the page and not as a distinctive head element
    • Footer: It is actually the e-mail signature, presented as a part of the e-mail and not a separate entered text
    • Section: It stands for any “section” presenting heading HTML 5, such as a part of chapter or a section of a chapter
    • Nav: It presents a rich collection of different links to navigate to other web pages
    • Article: This option gives you the possibility to do an independent entry in any magazine, compendium or blog.
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