HTML5: A brief summary
28 September 2010
Posted by: alex
The web is an excitable place. Those in the digital sphere thrive on innovation, so it’s unsurprising that there’s a bit of a buzz when we come home to find some new tools in our shed. All the more so when these tools are available through a new specification drawn up by the W3C. With all the noise and new toys it is easy to miss what the HTML5 specification really represents; a step forward (all be it a slow one) in the evolution of web standards and, more broadly, the web. On the back of HTML5, developers will be able to deliver advanced functionality and create better experiences across devices using open, standards-based technology.
Forget about a date or time when it’ll be officially OK to use HTML5. Currently various different browsers support various HTML5 elements. The support will broaden and increase over time (think years to decades) to the point where it is ‘the’ standard. This kind of shifting technical landscape is one web developers are accustomed to and can work with. There is no absolutism; no black and white. Right now developers should be making decisions on what to use from the spec based on the project and requirements.
For further reading, Smashing Magazine does a good job of clearing things up in greater detail.