Why We Should Use HTML5{2}

This scholar article talks about the web is suppose to be a uniformly usable across all platforms and many of the web’s key technologies are open and not platform dependent (Nichols, 2010). But some companies developed their own products such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight in order to provide more functionality, however in doing so these companies are not following the suggested standard of the web. W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) in response developed HTML5 as the single standard that provides all users with better functionality and without having to install products like Flash, Silverlight, and etc (Nichols, 2010).

HTML5 offers many nice features. Features like the ability to support newer mobile technologies like geolocation and location-based services, it also supports SVG (an open XML based file format for producing compact and high-quality graphics) (Nichols, 2010). Two other key feature of HTML5 are Canvas and Video tags. the author describes Canvas as a feature that lets developers create and incorporate graphics, video, and animations, usually via JavaScript on webpages. Convas’s 2D Context feature allows for rendering 2D graphics and animations on client’s side, and this reduces bandwidth and making webpages load faster. Video tags allows video formats like Ogg Theora and H.264 to load without installing add on players (Nichols, 2010).

I find this article to be very interesting, and i’ve learned a lot from it. This also relates to our class lecture this week, as this week’s lecture is about designing a web page. In this article it pointed out the advantages HTML 5 have over the older standards, and all these new features sounds very promising. I think the one that users are most excited about is probably Video tags, this means no more Flash, which lags up the computer, and making video viewing on mobile devices is another big plus.

Nichols, V. (2010). Will html 5 restandardize the web? . Retrieved from http://0-ieeexplore.ieee.org.opac.library.csupomona.edu/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?tp=&arnumber=5445161&contentType=Journals & Magazines&searchField=Search_All&queryText=html 5