How HTML5 Will Change Your Website

Big things are coming for the web very soon. HTML5 and CSS3 are on the horizon. For the average user, that may not mean a whole lot except some scrambled letters with numbers on the end to make it sound interesting. But what the average user will see and experience as a result will certainly make an impact on their everyday use of the internet and websites in general.

Read on and discover how HTML5 will make the web, and your website, a friendlier place.

Our intention with this post is not to get into all the technical jargon and discussion about how HTML5 will change the way websites work, but instead talk about some quick bits of information that is geared for the average user and business owner.

So, let's get to it!

1. Speed

HTML 5 Unleashed

Without getting into too many details about how the engine under the hood is going to make websites load faster, we'll just summarize it quickly.

First, HTML5 removes the need for extra, optional elements inside the actual code. HTML5 basically allows a browser to not have to rely on extra information in order to render the same content on a screen. It, by its very nature, will intuitively know what should be shown on the screen by a much smaller and concise amount of code.

In the new web, less is more.

2. Smarter Forms

In HTML5, input fields will be much easier to develop, and much easier to use, and transmit information more efficiently.

For example, in today's current HTML world, when an input field needs to be deemed as "required," a script is required to validate the form and check that a user has filled in that particular field. However, in HTML5 a simple extra component is added to the element, which simply just states, "Hey! This field is required!" No Javascript required. Beautiful … and fast.

There are a lot more benefits and optimized aspects of forms that HTML5 will introduce, but this is just one small example.

3. Lighter Server Load

Currently, there's a pretty big debt going on about Flash and its usefulness at this particular juncture of web technology. If you have a smartphone, you may have noticed issues with viewing Flash files on websites. Or, if you can view them on your phone or other mobile device, those websites may … looooad …. veryyy …. slowly …

Another way HTML5 will change your website is by no longer needing to rely on Flash for animation. Granted, there are some types of visual rendering (ie movie trailers, etc), that still would benefit from technologies like Flash, but when it comes to the standard types of animation you see on so many websites now (photographers in particular have a wide spread tendency to use 100% Flash-driven websites).

The new "canvas" element in HTML5 will implement more efficient means of drawing and animating objects on a website. The beauty is that it also will make it easier on your server load. So, the user will not have to wait nearly as long to download files from the server so they can then be parsed by the browser and shown on-screen. Additionally, your bandwidth will not be used up near to the estimated it currently is.

There are a lot of reasons why HTML5 will change the way your website works. It's also important to note that it might be time to start updating your website to current trends and standards, as the internet is about to make a pretty big shift under the hood. Is not it time you took advantage of new technologies and methods?

Source by Keith Goolsby

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