High5 for HTML5

Posted on 02. Dec, 2011 by in Digital Marketing



There is no better time than now to think about using HTML5 – any Webmaster will tell you that “t’is the season!” Like every other new innovation, HTML5 does come with a few flaws, but moving to HTML5 could help future-proof your online assets. Read on and find out why you should be using HTML5 now, before your competitors beat you to it.

Demystifying HTML5

Everyone seems to have their own opinion about HTML5, and what it means for them. And with all the chat around HTML5, I wasn’t surprised to see articles like this: “top-10-reasons-to-use-html5-right-now,” popping up.

I’m not jumping on the HTML5 bandwagon, but I do think we should be moving to HTML, truthfully because I just enjoy optimising websites to their maximum potential.Yippee

The Final Countdown and why you should upgrade

It’s understandable that developers can put-off updating sites straightaway. But there’s a few important reasons that help make a strong case for why you should be updating to HTML5 sooner, rather than later.

• “Cleaner Code
If you are passionate about simple, elegant, easy to read code then HTML5 is the beast for you. HTML5 allows you to write clear and descriptive code, semantic code that allows you to easily separate meaning from style and content.If you are passionate about simple, elegant, easy to read code then HTML5 is the beast for you. HTML5 allows you to write clear and descriptive code, semantic code that allows you to easily separate meaning from style and content.
• Mobile
Mobile browsers have fully adopted HTML5 so creating mobile ready projects is as easy as designing and constructing for their smaller touch screen displays — hence the popularity of Responsive Design.
•<!DOCTYPE html>
Yup that’s it, that is the Doctype, nothing more, nothing less. Pretty simple right? No more cutting and pasting some long unreadable line of code and no more dirty head tags filled with doctype attributes.
• Cross Browser Support
Your modern, popular browsers all support HTML5 (Chrome, Firefox, Safari IE9 and Opera) and the HTML5 doctype was created so that all browsers, even the really old and annoying ones, er, IE6 can use it. Fortunately, HTML5 is being built to make things easier and more cross browser friendly so in those older IE browsers.”

Now if you focus on the last point “Cross Browser Support”, … a few days back in my Google reader, an article popped up that ties in well with my point of view: “/ie10-pp4-surpasses-safari-opera-in-html5-support/”.

The article reads: “Microsoft is now offering the fourth platform preview of IE10 for download and continues to build the browser into an enabling platform to run applications as opposed to simply displaying web pages. IE10 is evolving into an application platform that runs HTML5 applications well under Windows 8. Virtually all improvements and new features relate to additional HTML5 support.

Microsoft says that “developers can start working with more site-ready HTML5 technologies” Microsoft is still offering the latest Platform Preview only for Developer Build of Windows 8; the most recent version of IE10 for Windows 7 is PP2, which was released in late June and has fallen behind especially in support of JavaScript and CSS3 features. Developers working toward HTML5 apps for Windows should definitely work with the PP4 under Windows 8.”

What impact will this have

As HTML5 is the future, it seems likely that more companies will eventually start developing and upgrading to HTML5.

You don’t have any excuses not to adopt HTML5 and begin your new love affair with it. Truly, the only real reason I prefer to use HTML5 is just to write cleaner code, all the other benefits and fun features I haven’t even really jumped into yet, but that is the great thing about it, you can just start using it right now and not even change the way you design.

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  • Bradyspharmacy

    very interesting blog. got me thinking

  • Mark the barber

    easy to read, makes a techno-fob like me understand it