HTML5: Changing the Face of Web Design Industry

In web design, HTML and XHTML are predominantly used across the world for structuring and presenting the content in website design. However, with the advent of HTML5, the way we create a web design is bound to bring some changes, and pleasant ones on that. The primary objective of the fifth revision of the HTML standard is to improve interoperability and to reduce costs for web development.

While it is still under development, HTML5 is believed to bring great results, by simplifying the job of the web designer. It is believed that at least 34 of the world’s top 100 websites are based on HTML5. In Sydney and across the world, there has been an upsurge in the number of websites based on HTML5, and this is so when the platform is not fully developed. Some of the syntactical features that come along HTML5 include new <video>, <audio> and <canvas>elements and integration of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) content.

Discussed below are some more elements that are part of HTML5 and simplify the website design process:

  • Background-image options
  • Border-image
  • Border-radius
  • Box-sizing
  • <canvas>
  • CORS (cross-origin resource sharing)
  • CSS3 colours
  • <datalist>
  • Dataset
  • <details>
  • ECMAScript version 5
  • EventSource.js
  • Font-feature-settings
  • @font-face
  • Form validation
  • Gradient
  • HTML5 sectioning elements
  • Hyphens

Being in its introductory phase, the full potential of HTML5 is yet to be witnessed. But when it is fully developed, HTML5 will be used to create a comprehensive and all-in-one markup language.

Some of the many benefits of HTML5 for web designers and developers are discussed below:

  • The accessibility of a website is highly improved with HTML5.
  • It facilitates video and audio embedding, high-quality animation and drawings.
  • Using HTML5 provides you with a simple, easy to read and remember code as you can write clear and descriptive code. It allows you to separate meaning from style and content.
  • The geolocation APIs in HTML5 make location, generated via GPS or other methods, available directly to any HTML5-compatible browser-based application.
  • HTML5 provides a fully defined and structured database storage which allows a developer to save structured data client-side using a real SQL database.
  • It also provides offline application cache that can make applications available to the users even when they are disconnected from their network.
  • It also ensures thread-like operation because of the web workers tool that speeds up the browse application processing.
  • The various forms used on websites to give a point of contact to the visitors can be enhanced using HTML5 because it improves the text inputs, search boxes and other fields.
  • It can make building search front-ends, wikis, real-time chat, drag-and-drop tools and many other modern web elements easier and hassle-free.
  • Engaging your customers with your content also becomes easier with the <canvas> feature of HTML5.
  • Gaming companies can also utilise <canvas> for developing interactive games in a mobile-friendly way.
  • It also facilitates cross-browser compatibility on modern browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari IE9 and Opera.
  • In the coming days, every website design will have its mobile version that will be based on HTML5 because it adds flexibility to the design.
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