Four Impressive Features of HTML5

HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) has been one of the most common terms associated with website development for many years; but as the Internet grew in popularity and the capabilities increased, HTML was overshadowed by scripts that allowed developers to do more. Developers began to look to javascript, CSS and other technologies to make more robust, powerful websites. In time HTML began to fall by the wayside; that is, until now.

HTML5 is a revitalized version of HTML and is gaining popularity. HTML5 is still under development, but it's becoming the hottest technology in web development. In time, HTML5 is expected to absorb and replace a variety of other web technologies, bringing one unified platform to browsers everywhere. So what is all the hype about? Let's cover four of the impressive features that are creating a buzz:

Media Playback is finally possible without a flash player or plug-in. This feature in itself is revolutionizing not only desktop web browsers, but mobile web as well. Most mobile phones do not support flash, but with HTML5 users are finally able to view and stream media rich content on their phone.

Offline Storage allows web apps and information to be stored locally on your computer. This allows you to cache websites so your visitors can revisit your site and see the pages even if they are not connected to the Internet. Google has also begun embedding this technology by heavily integrating the new technology into Gmail.

Drag and Drop can already be used in Gmail when adding attachments and will likely be seen implemented to more and more websites. This is a great option for eCommerce sites!

Geolocation is a hot topic in the online world. Some people are completely on board while others have issues with the intrusive nature of your browser determining your location. Either way, HTML5 uses several different technologies (GPS, IP addresses, Wi-Fi, etc.) to easily determine location and make this a very real option for website developers.

Of course there are several other exciting features that HTML5 can provide, especially when it is paired with CSS3 or jQuery. Web designers and developers will be experimenting with the potential of this new technology in the months and years to come, creating new ways to leverage HTML5 for unique and dynamic web designs.

Wondering where to start? If you want to see these elements (and more) in action, check out this list of 40 awesome HTML portfolio websites.

Source by Kristi Daeda

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