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by Andrew N

Standardization of The World Wide Web: HTML 5

The World Wide Web Consortium is in the development process of standardizing HTML 5 in all web browsers. This new and improved markup language is  to incorporate all the proprietary applications into a standard application needed to do certain things on the internet such as watch videos or load content.  Although, HTML 5 has been introduced and been into the works, it has yet to prove any type of standard. It will be at least a decade for W3C to consider the language. Companies such as Adobe and Microsoft have countered by saying “At the same time though, Web companies say their proprietary tech­nologies are already up and running, unlike HTML 5.” (IEEE, 2010) HTML stemmed from back in the mid- 1980s and was organized by the Internet Engineering Task Force, but was taken over by W3C due to their procrastination. W3C has ever since been trying to improve on the language. HTML is going to let developers incorporate contents such as video, graphics, and animation into the JavaScript. Also, the standardization of a video codec is trying to be put into place where any video can run off a standard codec that is already included in the language.

I believe that HTML 5 is the forecast of the future because we are always looking for ways to simply everyday life. This new revamped language has the idea to do so by combining all the needs into one just like how Facebook has revolutionized social media. This is a great idea for us users, but what does it leave the competitors or third party companies. If we standardized elements like these it would make plug-ins such as Flash, QuickTime or Silver light obsolete. It would benefit us because that is one less thing we have to click, but it puts a dent in any of the companies that creates these types of applications. As of right now, everyone still has a fighting chance because HTML 5 has not become the full fledged standard of the world, but eventually it looks like it will be taking over.

Another concern I might have with HTML 5 is its new features it is going to have such as blurring the line between the internet and your desktop. HTML 5 is suppose to feature working offline as well as online and that could possibly indicated new threats from malware and viruses. The fact that it is also in its infancy stage is not appealing to society itself because we expect a working product that contains no errors, which is impossible.

Vaughan-Nichols, S. J. (2010, April). Will html 5 restandardize the web?. Retrieved from