What is HTML5?

HTML5 is currently under development, as the next major revision of the HTML standard and like its immediate predecessors, HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.1, HTML5 is a standard for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. However, It is not to be released until 2022, Yes 2022 (thats funny or crazy?), Thats like 13 years from Now. One good thing though is that some browsers have started incorporating the HTML5 features into their capabilities like mozilla 4, Chrome 6, IE 9 so developers may not have to wait that long for this holy grail. read more on HTML readiness at webmonkey and its timetable.

HTML5 buzz has been on since for a while now so why would i still call it a buzz? Well, Implementation is just taking place with the standard <canvas> release in most browsers, the use with CSS3 and the rapid adaptability of the web browsers to HTML5. Bzzz or no buzz? If release is 2022, i think a buzz is still safe…lol

The main area that has not been adequately addressed by HTML is a vague subject referred to as Web Applications. The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) started work on the specification in June 2004 under the name Web Applications 1.0. This specification attempts to rectify this non-web rendering of HTML, while at the same time updating the HTML specifications to address issues raised in the past few years. Many early adopters of such technologies have started creating interesting stuffs with the of HTML5/CSS3 codes and i must say i find it fascinating. I’m just getting on more rapid implementation myself and i have collated the following links and thots for anyone who wants to get started.

1. Getting Started with HTML 5

Where should you start if you are new to HTML 5. Here are some links to get you started.

HTML5 Tutorial – Getting Started

W3C Working Draft on HTML 5

w3schools HTML5 Tutorial

2. A Gateway Drive into HTML 5

Features, Snippets, Road dive into HTML5.

Dive into HTML5

3. Easy Fast Track to Implement HTML 5 Features

This industry moves fast — really fast! If you’re not careful, you’ll be left in its dust. So, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the coming changes/updates in HTML5, use this as a primer of the things you must know.

28 HTML5 Features, Tips and Techniques

4. Which Web Browser is Compliant with HTML5?

You can easily find out if your browser is compliant with HTML5 features by browsing through html5test.com. My last test on browsers is shown below and IE 7 and 8 scored 22 and 27 respectively, then i ask what is Microsoft doing but then i hear IE9 is coming – i think i know why?

Also HTML5 Demos and Example helps you see which feature is available on which browser at the moment.

5. HTML5 vs HTML4

HTML4 came in and till date is agreed to be the most stable of all the HTML versions and its not surprising that HTML5 is being developed on the success of HTML4. With the target of HTML5, it will obviously have significant difference from HTML4 but its not a different path, its a new way and new additions.

HTML5 differences from HTML4

6. Who is using HTML5?

Believe me, people are already on the trail of HTML5. I read about youtube player introduced with HTML5 features. Here are some directories to who or what developers have done with HTML5.

22 Examples of Fresh HTML5 Websites

30 Tips and Tricks and Examples

What Now?

HTML5 release date may be years away but its impact is already leaving with us. Some one said “Part of the reason for the long timeline is that HTML 5 attempts to do something HTML 4 never did“, what do you think? However, I am of the school of thot that instead of reading too much into the timetable of HTML5. designers and developers should keep tab on the implementing web browsers developers forum for updates – at least that will keep us alive till HTML comes. Mozilla Developer Forums is a good place to start.

IE9 – The New HTML5 Guru!

Remember i said earlier that when all browsers were busy climbing the HTML5 ladder, everyone wonders where our leading browser (Internet Explorer) is ? Well folks, we are back, i mean IE is back and better with the web future developments. Read about the IE9 and its developments on IE9 TestDrive and you can also download and test it. Looks like Microsoft took a leap ahead this time because statistics shows that IE9 looks more ready than a lot of the other browsers even on HTML5.

Get a full statistics of browser capabilities for the features on HTML5 (Canvas, Media Elements, Selection, Foreign Contents), SVG, CSS3 (Media, selectors. fonts, Document Object Model (DOM), and JavaScript. Here is a review of 5 things IE9 is doing right on six revisions.

End Note

I think there is a way with HTML5, I think that we need to work it slowly – thanks to our ever growing browser capabilities, I wonder though if we wont have HTML9 before HTML5 is eventually released in 2022 or a new development platform like Web 7.6? But Hey! I guess that’s our Tech world for us, we work at it and grow into it so HTML5 is not a buzz, It’s a new and real deal for web development.

This industry moves fast — really fast! If you’re not careful, you’ll be left in its dust. So, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the coming changes/updates in HTML5, use this as a primer of the things you must know.