Steve Jobs thought beyond Flash and welcome HTML5 as the most used language in the field of web development. Usually people have been thinking HTML5 and HTML 4 as the same for years but the truth is that HTML5 is an advance version over HTML4. Now too HTML5 is undergoing constant change. The W3C published in recommendation of HTML5 that today also this most used hypertext language is receiving changes.
The users of HTML5 may not notice a significant change but its advanced feature offer a lot of thing to its users. Video element and vector graphics are some of the old features that went well with the older version of internet explorer and now also running well with advanced versions of web browsers. But some of the new features which support 2D shapes, bitmap image and support for mathml have been added to HTML5 so the web browser can perform well. The most usable feature of HTML5 is the video tag as today’s web is using more of the video. It is the single feature which is being used more today.
The users are expecting more from a web browser as they are browsing the web through different devices. The changing features of HTML5 is fulfilling the user expectations easily.
The W3C HTML working group co-chair and Partner Group Manager at Microsoft Open Technologies is of the opinion that HTML5’s features are interoperable and the web developers can depend on these features for building their web sites.
Some of the non-interoperable features like adding support for some kinds of digital rights management are to be included in HTML 5.1. HTML5.1 working group can work easily on the advanced features once the version is out in the market. According to the standardization process, it would have taken many years to get the final version of HTML. It is the contribution of W3 which gives the final version in 2014.
According to separate recommendations of W3C, there are many controversial features which are being added to the HTML5 as extension specs. There stands a great challenge for organizations likes the W3C and HTML as they have to keep up evolving according to the changes occurring in the environment. They have to follow open standards to accept the environmental changes. The greatest evolution is the social media which was very different five years back. So to judge the future operation, the HTML has to keep on evolving.
W3C notes in its press release that the next version of standard needs to develop certain tools that can provide advanced features. The tools must provide service like security and privacy, application lifecycle, and real-time communications around the social web. All of these tools can only make the work easier for web developers after a few years.