32. What is HTML 5 ?

HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language's latest version HTML 5 was developed to provide website designers and developers much needed flexibility to deliver better website designs and solutions with a little more ease. HTML 5 enables creation of exciting interactive websites and web applications. With this latest version, issues with plugins, managing content and data, video and audio, have got a new lease of life. Websites will become faster too. The big Plus is that it is now easier for designers and developers to develop better cross browser functionalities for both the Web and portable devices.

Users will of course have to update their browsers to benefit from the enhanced features.

HTML 5 reduces complexity and dependence on Flex, Flash, Silverlight or building complex javascript tools. Now web designers can use just HTML to make websites with interactive images and animations. Deployment of charts and graphs, gaming components has also become much easier.

Embedding video elements with HTML 5 requires no plugins, or 3rd party software attachments. Database structuring has become simpler too. Something which has been a kind of drawback with traditional HTML, is features associated with forms. HTML 5 offers enhanced form creation abilities.

There's much more to HTML 5 and we will see more features unfolding as the web evolves and businesses invest in more interactive and faster websites.

Needless to say time and investments are called to ensure learning and training. All in all, HTML 5 is a welcome change with touch screen devices and tablets like the Apple's iPad2 and iPad3, Iphone 4S, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy tab finding large scale acceptance.