Changing How You Use the Web{3}

by Bach B

HTML5 is relatively new concept in Web development. It is still developing and many web developers are starting to use it when creating web sites. HTML5 is not just some fancy markup lnaguage. Instead, it is a revised specification for how the foundational markup language of the web, HTML, is used to deliver just about anything you might see in a web browser. We developers are starting to use this increasingly. We are moving away from the original concept of the web as a series of documents linked together to the web as a light-weight software system centered on web applications. Developers had to work with plug-ins such as Adobe’s Flash if they wanted to make their web sites fancy and interactive. But now they can use HTML5. HTML5 has new features which are native to browers, which accounts for more responsive and seamless web app experience.
Some of the new features in HTML5 are new parkup tags such as nav, section, article and much more allow for better divisions of content and provide meaningful human interaction and are machine-readable, new field types such as email and date allow search boxes and text inputs access to better tools for validation and interacting with user requests. It allows to create customized search results based on where you are sitting or using the web. End users can videos within browsers without needing to install any add-ons or plug-ins.
One of the biggest concern for HTML5 is that its not really secured. Form and data validation in the brower can be routed around and could lead to hacking and security breaches. In the near future, more and more of the desktop browser web apps will start to use HTML5 and more websites utilizing the advanced features of HTML5.
In this class, we learned basic HTML and CSS. I think the next step in web development would be to learn HTML5 and CSS3 and how to integrate it all in creating websites. I think the HTML5 would really be the next big thing in web development.
A. Clark, Jason (Nov-Dec 2010), Changing How You Use the Web, from