HTML5: Features and advantages

Website designing and development is one important part of online businesses and there are many languages and frameworks for developing a site. One such language is HTML, Hyper Text Mark-Up Language. It is the core language of WWW. The fifth version of the language was released by the World Wide Web Consortium, with so many new features paving way for a stylish and faster webpage. There are so many differences in this updated version when compared with the older one. In this article, let us not go deeper in the concepts; rather deal the basic features and upgrades from the existing versions.

The most important features that amazed the developers are Canvas and Video elements. Canvas element gives the developers more options including visually appealing images with more graphics. Video element eliminated the need for third party video plugins and such external support for playing the video. Another element called web worker provides support for running JavaScript in the browser, which is more similar to threading concepts.


The offline mode present in HTML5 is used to design pages that can be viewed even when we are not online. Geo Location is one newer option which helps in finding the location of the user. Micro data provides additional semantics for the pages created. A wide range of input options are provided in this newer version of HTML, such as email, color, telephone and so on.

The HTML5 doctype is now simpler and eliminates the need of writing more lengthy keywords. The browsers supporting HTML5 will not require any doctype element, but older browsers need them. So a simple doctype with html is more than sufficient for the browsers. With so many new features helping the developers, HTML5 is surely making impact in the field of web designing.