Since the beginning, several people have worked on it to improve and modernize HTML and also have taken efforts in standardizing its codes. The first version of HTML5 came to existence in 2008.

Introduction of HTML5 was timely since the whole internet concept was experiencing a paradigm shift at the same time. Demand increased for interactive, agile and faster websites that can be accessed and used on small screen. Webpage design needed to be more compact but attractive as competition intensified to grab attention of increasing number of internet users.

HTML5 A bird's eye view

As more people started using smartphones and tablets standard HTML tags needed modifications to fit into a smaller size screen without compromising on visual and navigational aspects. HTML5 promises of better web experience than its predecessors across all web browsers and devices. It has been streamlined, standardized and made simple to operate with.

Some of the factors that have propagated usage of HTML5 are mentioned below.

  • Increasing usage of smartphone and mobile devices for accessing internet
  • Growing intensity of web based businesses
  • Stronger support offered by leading web developing companies
  • Demand for feature rich websites
  • Growing support by a variety of web browser

HTML5 has transformed web experience by making it faster, interactive and entertaining. It has richer features than previous versions in terms of graphics, video and multimedia content. HTML5 allows easier integration of multimedia content which wasn't possible earlier. Available plug-in with the version allows integration of Flash and multimedia content to the site.

HTML5 supports creation of dynamic web pages. It has been made possible as web browsers have also improved to support multimedia content. All the leading web browsers, such as - Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari or Opera supports most of the features introduced by HTML5.

Developers and designers are helped by standardized format introduced by the programming language in integrating audio, video and graphics through an integrated CSS. One language, one data model approach has allowed developers to work on a standardized platform across levels. This has made the web designing faster and simpler.

HTML5 relies heavily on JavaScript, which have made it universally accepted. With easy to understand markup commands, improved features and ability to refine structure of documents, it has allowed developers to design content rich web pages for better user experience.

To improve audience engagement, developers are required to develop websites with features like video streaming, audio playing, and social media integration. HTML5 have introduced improved set of codes that has done away with most Div syntaxes of previous versions and introduced semantic HTML elements, which has helped with standardization of codes.

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