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25 Aug 09 Any Taker for HTML5?

January 2008 is history now, and so is HTML5. Confused? HTML5 is the latest version of the HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). If it is the latest version then why am I calling it history?  You have a point, and let’s check the validity of the claim.

The version of HTML we are currently using is 4.01 (the fourth version) that allow us to use tags, embed images and videos by using other scripts or plug-ins, and use other languages within HTML tags. HTML5 is going to improve this, and it is also going to add native support for video and audio files (

The first working draft on HTML5 specification was released in January 2008, and the latest draft with HTML5 specification has been published today, August 25, 2009 (you can read this specification draft by clicking on the link). Now, before we talk any further, let’s take a look at what major changes HTML5 does bring about.

List of some major changes in HTML version 5:

  • Keeping in mind, the latest trend in web development, HTML5 has included some new tags like
  • has replaced the complex DOCTYPE used by HTML up to current version.
  • Elements like , , and have also been removed from HTML5.
  • Less used elements like , , , and have also been removed.

Click on the following link to know how HTML5 is different from HTML4.

The web development we know is going to change with HTML5, and it will happen as soon as major browsers develop support for it. If you are a developer then I will strongly recommend updating yourself with new HTML5 tags. If you start now, you will have the first mover’s advantage. You can test your test pages on either Firefox 3.1 +, or Safari 3.1+.

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