HTML 5

Launched back in October 2014, HTML 5 is the latest version of the coding ‘language’ used to create and design websites.

It has been the source of debate since it was released. On one hand, many see it as the next evolutionary step in coding as it is easily understood by web browsers, parsers and computers/devices as a whole. However, there are still some who are not convinced that HTML 5 websites are the way forward.

In this article, we’ll look at what HTML 5 is, examine its potential benefits for your website and highlight some of the numerous HTML courses available in London.


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So What is HMTL 5?

Created by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), HTML 5 is the most recent iteration of the Hypertext Mark-up Language used to code, structure and control the way content is displayed on web pages.

HTML 5 is more versatile than previous versions, working better with on-page CSS and JavaScript elements; it 5 is supported by the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Android OS

HTML 5 can help you achieve more with your web pages without the need to download additional software or browser plugins. This means your website will continue running smoothly if you choose to experiment with animation, music, movies and apps.

Likewise, it is also enables website to be more responsive across different platforms and devices, including tablets, smartphones, netbooks or even Smart TVs.

What are the Benefits of HTML 5?

We’ve already touched on a few of the benefits that HTML 5 has got to offer, but if you’re still not convinced then the following may sway you.

More Straight-forward Web Page Creation

HTML 5 allows you to write clear, descriptive and easy to read code, where you can easily separate style and content simply by using semantic code. HTML 5 removes the need for <div> tags and instead utilises new <section>, <article>, <header>, <footer> etc. tags to produce cleaner and better organised CSS.

Better User Interactions

Guarantees better interactions, where users can enjoy a more dynamic, responsive website that allows you to interact with the content instead of just looking at it. The use of their tag allows you to explore more interactive/animated possibilities than any other platform.

Write Offline Apps

HTML 5 can be used to write web applications that still work even if you’re not connected to the internet.

Handle HD Video

Websites using HTML 5 can handle high definition videos and deliver high quality graphics, thanks to its <video> and <audio> tags. Designed to treat your videos like images, HTML 5 allows you to introduce parameters directly within the <video> tag.

Optimise For Location

By utilising Geolocation, HTML 5 enables websites to work out where you are physically. A good example of this can be seen on Facebook when you make a post.

Define Specific Website Sections

Rather than using <div> tags to define on-page content, HMTL 5 makes use of new semantic tags. These enable you to create distinct <header>, <footer>, <nav>, <section> etc, and make it easier for you to create accessible websites.

Similarly, the presence of ARIA (a W3C spec) allows you to assign specific roles to elements within your HTML and create important landmarks i.e. headers, navigation and footers, without the risk of them being over-ridden.

Local Storage

Better than regular cookies, this new feature has been designed to enable you to store information across multiple windows (without third party plugins) as well as benefit from better security, performance and data (even after your browser has closed).

Not only do you no longer have to worry about deleting cookies, it also allows you to create app features including: storing user information, caching data and loading a user’s previous application state.

Responsive Design

HTML 5 utilises Responsive Design, making it mobile browser friendly. Thanks to HTML 5’s range of meta tags (viewpoint, home screen icons etc.), it is also easier for you to design and construct web pages based on smaller display screens.

How do I get a HTML 5 website?

Despite a host of new features, writing web pages in HTML 5 really is business as usual. The only difference is that you’ll have to learn a number of new element tags to truly get the most of it.

You don’t even have to hire a specialist HTML 5 designer or design agency, as it is easy to pick up and learn yourself.

For instance, many top specialists claim you don’t need any tools to create HTML 5 websites, that you can simply write out the code on a bit of paper and transfer it to the screen.

However, despite how easy it is to use, for optimum results we recommend adding Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Edge to your arsenal, as both use HTML 5 tools and will make it easier for you to create Flash animation.

Alternatively, if HTML is simply not your forte, there are a growing number of agencies and web designers who specialise in HTML 5 websites, and whom will gladly handle your design requirement for you.

Where Can I Learn More About HTML 5?

Since being unveiled, HTML 5 has continued to evolve, so if you’re planning to design your own website then it may be worth investing in a HTML 5 course.

Though HTML 5 professes to be easy – which it is compared to previous versions of HTML – there is still plenty to learn. Especially when it comes to its more complicated applications such as videos, animation and graphics.

Fortunately there are dozens of HTML 5 courses in London that can quickly set you on the path to success. Some of the best include those offered by:

Conclusions: Are HTML 5 Websites the Way Forward?

Mobile friendly, easy to use and designed to work on most browsers, investing in a HTML 5 website is guaranteed to increase your accessibility to a bigger audience. And given that it is a firm favourite with designers and agencies, getting one created won’t be a problem.

So if you’re looking to improve your website, start a new business, or even have a go at creating a website yourself, then give HTML 5 a try and witness the difference it makes to your websites capabilities.

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