29th May 2017

The diversity of HTML5 compared to old websites built in HTML4

In the previous year’s HTML4 was a W3C recommendation but it continues serving with some difficulties in the core features of HTML. It didn’t provide enough information to build an implementation that interoperates with each other, and more importantly with Web content. These were evidence of other features like XHTML1, which defines an XML serialization for HTML4 and JavaScript APIs for both HTML and XHTML. The HTML4 still not completely implemented, because it contains various bugs that have been fixed in the current HTML specification, to both the user and developer find it not implementable as easily as HTML5.

The HTML5 has reached the W3C recommendation status, whereby the new features are not generally added unless they are implemented by at least two browsers and have tests demonstrating interoperability. Minor bug fixes can be applied and W3C HTML5 may contain bugs that have been fixed WHATWG HTML or W3C HTML5.1 or both. These make HTML5 mobile development easy while also directly addressing some of the shortcomings of Web technologies in mobile apps. It has made inputting dates simple to both user and developer. HTML4 uses div and header tag to describe a document’s structure which makes it have many limitations that give the developer hard time.

With the new introduction of Web Worker in HTML5, this as enabling the sharing and spreading of new to many groups of people as well as communication and error handling models. HTML5 is an emerging technology that is slowly changing the face of the web and the latest browsers support it. It has changed the video presentation on the web pages with new formats, codes, screen size, devices and browser. The user or developer will only need to enter his/her, which provides video URL. These make it help the user or developer to create media-rich pages that will work in any compliant browser.

The HTML5 draft specification is known as Microdata that spec provides a standardised syntax for adding semantic markup to the web page to enhance the readability of the web pages. There is also HTML5 Geolocation which can benefit the website from knowing exactly where the user accessing their site is located about, enabling a more personalised local experience. With the HTML5, you can create a link that opens up a page in another tab or window, allowing your web visitors to stay on your site. It’s also easy to understand format in HTML5 which can make you creating links in any time you feel like.

Media capabilities in HTML5 can still need different media players like QuickTime and Windows Media Player, but HTML5 will always attempt to standardise media on the web. The HTML5 specification is from being an official specification, whereby W3C has just released an overview of vocabulary and associated APIs for HTML and XHTML and most features of HTML5 can work on certain browsers. In the future, HTML5 will remain the same, some may go away and many will be added.

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