“Adobe Flash Plugin required to view this video…“
This sounds as a familiar sentence doesn’t it? The reason for this and the many “additional plugin required” messages is because the existing HTML version is limited. It has no support for embedding videos,audio etc. The existing version of HTML is 4.01 and the last revision to this standard was back in 2000. HTML had not been updated since then, but this won’t be for long.
HTML5 is gonna rock the future!
Let me take you for a short walk through history. A group named Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group(WHATWG) was formed few years back over this dispute with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This dispute was over the adoption of XHTML over HTML. It is this group that began its work on HTML5 in 2004. Though HTML5 is not officially released now, a sneak into its features makes one excited.
So what does HTML5 have for an everday Internet user and a creative web developer?
A major benefit of HTML5 is direct support for Drawing,Animation,Audio and Video. And that means we need not rely on third-party plugins to view video, audio and all such stuffs. No more time would be wasted on integrating addons like Flex,Flash or Silverlight and customising it for the task at hand. DOM and HTML support would lessen the work and deliver rich content demanded by users. GPS based instant location tracking, Local Client Side data storage support that may be useful to store for eg. the items purchased online, improved text inputs, search boxes and other fields and many many eye candy stuffs.
Ok! enough words..see them in action.
With some expectations click here to see an interactive presentation on HTML5 powered by “itself”.
Tentative list of tags to be supported by HTML5:
Youtube has rolled out an experimental version of its HTML5 enabled channel. Try it out <here>