HTML5 Is Better Than Anything – Is it?
HTML5 & me. I decided to write this post because I see many web designers lagging behind in the HTML code race. So much so that I wonder either the clients are asking for an old style project site or is it the actual web designers themselves who are remaining tight in the last century.
Whatever the reason, there’s one thing that is remaining constant, HTML5 is the jazz and it’s here to stay!
#5: HTML5 is the newest version of HTML
Too true. HTML5 builds on the success of HTML4 (brought in to play in 1997) and as a consequence is better, more reliable, easier and therefore, here to stay. It is the future after all.
Web designers young and old should be relishing in being able to grab hold of some new tech, tweaking it into something they can utilise easily and efficiently and be hard at work creating state of the art websites for their clients ‘n’ friends. So why aren’t they? Why aren’t they indeed.
Why do you think? Leave a comment below.
#4: HTML5 is the friendliest SEO friendly code around today
It can only improve over developmental time. In SEO terms, web pages are downloaded in much faster time due to the lean coding format and are indexed more efficiently due to cleaner code. Besides Google loves HTML 5, which speaks for itself in a search results test for say the term “web design” (without the quotes and click the link) which shows the top listing are all HTML 5.
This is also true of many searches for completely different topics and or subject matter. The top listings are HTML5, all of them. Because the code is so simple, compared to older HTML4 type, an indexing engine can deliver a sites source code quickly, with no jam ups and not have to have a power struggle with a computers ram or cache mode. As the meerkat says “Simples”.
#3: HTML5 is the most mobile ready tool for developing mobile sites and apps
Mobile mobile mobile is the new location threesome catchcry for HTML 5. Any device can easily display a website or app made from HTML 5 structures. Even ….. ready for it ….. iPhone 6. Yes gone are the days of iPhone X not being able to display or even access any YouTube vid or any other type of video that wasn’t Apple specific. Now Apple6 people can join the rest of the planet’s HTML5 video watching community. Yay!
To explain better than I could I have added in this precise and convincing excerpt from PATRICK COX November 24, 2011 who describes the advantages more eloquently than I.
Call it a hunch, but I think mobile technology is becoming more popular these days. I know, that is a pretty crazy assumption and some of your are probably thinking — mobile is just a fad… right. Mobile devices are taking over the world. The adoption of mobile devices continues to grow very rapidly and this means that more and more users will be using their mobile browsers to view your web site or application.
HTML 5 is the most mobile ready tool for developing mobile sites and apps. With Adobe announcing the death of mobile Flash, you will now count on HTML5 to do your mobile web application development. Mobile browsers have fully adopted HTML 5 so creating mobile ready projects is as easy as designing and constructing for their smaller touch screen displays — hence the popularity of Responsive Design.
There are some great meta tags that also allow you to optimise for mobile:
- View-port: allows you to define view-port widths and zoom settings
- Full screen browsing: IOS specific values that allow Apple devices to display in full screen mode
- Home Screen Icons: like favicons on desktop, these icons are used to add favourites to the home screen of an IOS and Android mobile device
For more info on how to mobilise your site via HTML 5, check out “Modifying” Your HTML 5 Sit – Click Here.
Some resources worth checking out:
#2: HTML5 No Special Video & Audio Coding Knowledge Required
The beauty of HTML 5 is that now a web designer can embed video on web-pages without using any special software. In the old days (1997 till now) HTML4 needed external software, like Flash, to play videos and multimedia content which sometimes caused problems for displaying in browsers due to incompatibility, etc.
Now, Videos can be embedded directly into browsers rather than using 3rd party external software which reduces the web calling and makes the video stream quicker and faster. Also, the ease to which a web designer can add video to any HTML5 built site is beautiful and very commonsense. The coding is pretty much the same as any image or hyperlink addition with code like …
… now that’s what I call realistic easy coding.
W3 Schools HTML5 Video – Click Here
HTML5 Video & Audio at Sitepoint – Click Here
HTML5 Audio and Video: What you Must Know – Click Here
#1: HTML5 is Popular
According to a report released on 30 September 2011, 34 of the world’s top 100 Web sites were using HTML5 – the adoption led by search engines and social networks. Another report released in August 2013 has shown that 153 of the Fortune 500 U.S. companies implemented HTML5 on their corporate websites. As of 2014, HTML 5 is at least partially supported by most popular layout engines. – Source Wikipedia (I know)
That last statement was released in 2014 and is already out of date. Nearly all browsers can handle HTML5 now tho and do it without browser stress. Except for good ole IE which of course struggles with anything new and or different or simple in it’s function. Besides that tho, HTML5 is by far the most accessible and easily written code around today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future.
And for that dear readers, I for one am thankful! Long Live The Design!
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