8 reasons to gear up for HTML5 now

By Richard Hein, CIO |  Internet, HTML5

Fortunately, HTML5 is ready to answer the call. While the cross-platform markup language won't be finalized by the W3C until 2014 there are significant reasons to get the bandwagon now.

The fifth revision of the HTML standard has become bigger than the sum of its most recent enhancements. What most people refer to when they say HTML5 is actually a collection of technologies-HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Making Web Apps Behave Like Client Apps

HTML has long been the standard for building and deploying Web content. Now it appears that this technology is on its way to being the standard for building and deploying apps as well. The newest iteration represents a shift towards client-side Web development. Such a shift will benefit you for four reasons:

  • It provides an open architecture to build upon, since HTML, CSS and JavaScript are all free.
  • Since HTML5 runs very well on all manner of devices, it offers cross-platform programming-which is huge for all of us overrun with BYOD requests.
  • In addition, HTML5 was built with battery-powered tablets and smartphones in mind.
  • Finally, HTML5 provides lighter, easier-to-read code than previous iterations.

Your mobile workforce and customers want to do everything they do on their desktop PCs on their smartphones and tablets-and HTML5 is the way to start manifesting that experience. With that in mind, let's take a look at eight HTML5 tips you should keep in mind as you build your websites and Web applications.

1. Video and Audio Integration

Flash is buggy, requires plug-ins, has frequent updates and gobbles up power on mobile devices. Steve Jobs let us know it, and Adobe rang the bell. Flash is going away on mobile devices-no more Embed or Object tags.

Let's roll in the new era of Video and Audio tags, which were designed to have the ease of use of the familiar Image tag. If you know how to create HTML code and are familiar with JavaScript, then you should be all set to use these HTML5 media elements:

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