HTML is almost as old as the internet itself. It serves as the building blocks of all webpages is a language that if coded properly can produce quality website. Like any language, HTML is constantly evolving and improving to meet the changing standards and technology employed by web users, and HTML5 is the latest revision of this language. A couple of major issues users were having with web sites using older HTML included:?
Compatibility Issues - The internet is accessed by millions of people using different web browsers. A browser is merely a medium that allows you to view sites and pages on the internet. Nowadays, people use many different web browsers, like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Unfortunately, each browser portrays the data on web pages in different ways, and the HTML code needed to be tweaked for each browser type individually. Similarly, if there was a bug found on a website, the owners of the website would have to issue separate fixes for each browser, and companies would often employ a technician for this problem.
Multimedia/Graphical Issues - Under the existing HTML code, web browsers required plug-ins of additional software in order to play video or audio content embedded in web pages.
HTML5 was created as a markup language for use across all types of browers, and even on mobile applications. By consolidating the language, compatibility and ease of implementation across different platforms is made possible. Multimedia issues were also rectified through the addition of new, more specific tags. HTML markup primarily consists of tags that create and define various elements on a website. Traditionally, graphical content was placed with an <object> tag, but now you have the <audio>, <video> and <canvas> tags which are simpler and easier to use. Through these innovative techniques, HTML5 has ushered in a new era for web development.