HTML 5 , seems a little different to thing because we (especially the new generation) never heard of version coming for HTML, but yes it is true. Almost after a decade HTML took a leap to HTML 5 a new web standard that may change the way we look at web standards. So what’s new in HTML other rendering a webpage in we browser itself. Well it is a mature model which may extend its interactivity beyond the web browser, something like which google gears trying to do. Its like playing video, games, sound, animations etc.

The last update to the Hypertext Markup Language — the lingua franca of the web — was the 4.01 specification completed in September, 1999.

Year 1999 was also the time when browsers went into mutual wars. When IE4 gave birth to IE5 and so on. Netscape finally gave up its stakes and from some debris lying in a corner Mozilla came out with its brilliant browser called Firefox, which straight a way hyped to number second after IE. There on Apple released its Safari and now we are working on google’s chrome. In the browser war we lost Opera somewhere to the handheld devices, but shouldn’t forget Opera is the one who challenges different browser’s like IE for its standards and is the one which empowers the handheld devices like Android and iPhone.

But all this messup only lead to disarray and as a result of this HTML 5 is still under progress or is in drafts only. Consequently this gave rise to another group called WHATWG( Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group) which have there say for HTML 5. This group is different than that of W3C and it includes representatives from Mozilla, the KHTML/WebKit project, Google, Apple, Opera and Microsoft. And although the draft may not be ratified for years, work on HTML 5 continues.

So what does HTML 5 offer? Here’s a rundown of the most exciting advancements in the HTML 5 draft specification today:

  • A new, sensible tagging strategy. Instead of bundling all multimedia into object or embed tags, video goes in video tags. Audio goes in audio tags, and so on.
  • Localized databases. This feature, when implemented, automatically embeds a local SQL database websites can read and write to, speeding up interactive searching, cacheing and indexing functions, or for offline use of web apps that rely on data requests.
  • Rich animations without plug-ins. The canvas element gives the browser the ability to draw vector graphics. This means configurable, automatic graphs and illustrations right in the browser without Flash or Silverlight. Some support for canvas is already in all the latest browsers except for IE.
  • Real apps in the browser. APIs for in-browser editing, drag and drop, back button “waypoints,” and other graphical user interface abilities.
  • Content presentation tags will be phased out, and CSS will rule.

But geeks don’t seek this HTML 5 coming in near future, some sites also claim that this standard may delay as long as 2022, i am not sure how real this gonna be 😛

cheers !!

Realin !

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