Why Use HTML5?

HTML5 might be one of the hot topics being discussed among various segments of technology people at the moment. Many of you might already have most of the information about HTML5 by now, but if you are new to this, or sceptical about using it, this article would explain few of the many exciting features (rather advantages) of HTML5 that would make your life a lot easier.

Native Audio/Video
With the advent of social networking web sites (e.g.: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc.) & increasing popularity of the same among the people, developers are constantly compelled to make their web application / sites more interactive by including animation, videos, music & share buttons in order to stay ahead of their competitors.

Prior to HTML5, developers didn’t have any alternative but integrate them with the help of programs like Adobe Flash Player or Silverlight, Javascript or Flex. Though it used to do the job, it was messy & a time consuming process, especially when the web application is a highly complex one.

HTML5 makes it possible for the developers to embed audio, video, charts, drawings, animation and other rich contents without relying on any third-party plugins / programs.

With time, there is a good possibility that sites like Pandora & YouTube would do away with Flash to bring you audio / video streaming with neat features.

Neat Code
If you have ever come across a long sheet of muddled HTML code, you would know how exigent it is to make even a basic change to the website. HTML5 addresses this issue by offering cleaner code, making the developer’s job much easier. It is also optimised for superior search engine readability which in turn helps in achieving higher search rankings.

Cross Compatibility
One of the sleek features of HTML5 is its cross- compatibility with all of the major web browsers, including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Opera. Also gone are the days, when one had to develop separate web apps for mobile devices and desktops. HTML5 has simplified the development / designing of responsive web site / app, which means, same app would work on multiple category of devices.

Offline Caching
I’m sure many of us have done the following at some point of time, whether intentionally or inadvertently.

Prior to the introduction of HTML5, if you had tried to click Back / Forward button on your browser while staying offline (disconnected from internet), for a website you had already visited in the past, you would have noticed that your page had failed to load properly. Loading those pages correctly would require you to go online (connect to the internet).

HTML5 has addressed this issue as well. Thanks to its smart solution, now developers can specify which files the browser should cache, giving you the ability to reload / refresh pages without connecting to the internet. This also helps in reducing the server load.

HTML5 has the capability to detect your location & use the details to tailor things like your search results, tag your updates on social networking sites, and more. It is not bound to a single provider’s API or browser.

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