Next Generation Web Technology, HTML5 CSS3 and Javascript

HTML5

As the world of technology expands faster and faster, so does the demand for software that can take advantage of it. The web has had a hard time keeping up in the race because of many inherent problems. With the next generation of web standard code, many of those inherent problems are going to disappear.

The biggest problem when it comes to web development is standardization. Thanks to the “World Wide Web Consortium (W3C.org) I can now view the same website in any browser I choose, and have it display and function the same way. This is the result of the web standard language that was developed called XHTML. Because of the fight between browser developers for market-share, acceptance of a standard language by Microsoft with Internet Explorer has been slow, until now.

W3C has announced that HTML5 will replace XHTML as the next web standard language and set a date for full implementation by April 2015 (http://ishtml5readyyet.com). The hoopla over HTML5 has been large, to say the least, and for what I believe to be the first time in web history browsers developers like Microsoft and Mozilla, are actually racing to meet the specification. Why? Because HTML5 freak’n rules.
HTML5 offers a host of new technologies that will make many things possible that previously were not possible without the installation of some third party browser plug-in like Flash; but it maintains and expands upon the advantages of a markup language. The advantages include Search Engine Optimization, Content Management Systems and database driven websites.

So what’s so awesome about HTML5? W3C has broken down the features into 8 tools and standards, the first of which being HTML5 Semantics. HTML5 offers a new and optimized way to structure the HTML code with better tags, RDFa, microdata and formats, in a way that search engines will be able to create more relevant results based on your search. This means getting the information that you’re looking for faster and more efficiently.

Super Web Applications.

The new offline storage specs make it possible for web application that will perform with the same speed and flow as your desktop application. In addition, web application will offer all the features of ubiquitous computing; that is, you will not have to be at your pc to open and use your applications. You will be able to access and use them on any computer and your mobile devices.

Device Access.

Web developers will now have access to device hardware such as the multi-touch surface and accelerometer on your mobile device. Also, there is new access to inputs like cameras and microphones as well as data like contacts and events, making it possible for even more flexible and feature robust web applications.
The rest of the specs include Connectivity, Multimedia, 3D Graphics & Effects, Performance & Integration, and CSS3 Styling. For more on these HTML5 specs visit http://www.w3.org/html/logo/.

There is a whole host of pure awesomeness that is in store for everyone who uses the web for everything from searching for information to consuming multimedia. You can help speed up the process by upgrading your browser from Internet Explorer 6,7 and 8, to something like IE9, FireFox4, Chrome and Opera.

As a web developer I am very excited to start developing with HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript, and create the next generation of awesomeness.

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