HTML4 to HTML5 …why the change?{2}

by Evin C
Having been discussing the differences between HTML4 and HTML5 in class, I feel this article is quite appropriate. To begin, one must understand the concept behind the different versions of HTML. In the article it is stated that, “HTML5 represents a structural change in how the web works. The term technically is used to describe the fifth generation of changes made to Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, the main tool used to organize content on websites. However, it also is used as an umbrella term to include other recent changes made to web standards, such as Cascading Style Sheets, which are used to control colors, fonts and other visual elements of websites.” Now having a general understanding, the differences between HTML4 and HTML5 have been useful enough to already push businesses to adapt the new standards and deliver new websites based off HTML5. Although websites have already been produced with these standards, the article goes on to note that “HTML5 standards have yet to be approved formally by the World Wide Web Consortium, which defines the various standards developers should follow when building websites. Even so, new versions of most web browsers have been designed to work with many of the changes”. There are plenty of resources available to research the differences between the two but it is useful to understand the “behind-the-scenes” work that goes into these standards.

Looking towards our in-class discussions and even our upcoming project, HTML is becoming more apparent in our course. From the most recent class activity we had, I believe it would be useful for us all to explore into HTML on our own time considering the depth of what it has to offer. Hopefully throughout the next few weeks of our course we can improve our own skills of using HTML, whether is be 4 or 5. Definitely recommend giving this article a read, could prove useful down the road!


Soder, C. (2012). Developers speak same language with HTML5. Crains Cleveland Business, 33(11), 3-3.