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What is HTML5?

What is HTML5? If you work in the web design and development industry then by now you will most probably be familiar with this term and its definition; HTML5 is the latest version of Hypertext Markup Language, the code that describes web pages; but what is so great about it and what does it actually do? The first thing to note is that the term HTML5 actually encompasses three different coding languages; HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript. Each of which plays their own role in the construction of a web page. HTML provides the structure; CSS defines the formatting and JavaScript executes functionality. These three coding languages existed within website development long before the arrival of the term HTML5; the terms itself makes reference to the combined functionality of the current versions of all three languages.

So, what’s so great about it? Up until now access to most online application based services has required the acquisition and installation of third party tools and programs. These services include but are not limited to animation, music, movies and applications. HTML5 has been designed to deliver all of these services to the end-user without the need for such third party tools. On top of this is the universal nature of HTML5; capable of functioning on any device with an internet browser that supports HTML5.

So now you know what HTML5 is; however, we haven’t looked at its practical uses and how this benefits you. HTML has evolved from being a simple coding language that could barely handle the structure of a simple web page into a developmental tool that allows us to write powerful and complex applications for both online and offline use, to stream audio and video to your internet browser in stunning high definition, to produce and display extraordinary real time animation that requires no additional software and to offer a universally identical experience for everyone, regardless of the device they are using.

HTML5 is an evolving standard; with additional functionality being added as time goes on and its usage become more widespread. At its core HTML5 serves as a platform for superb website development, however, the possibilities really are limitless.

At Painting Pixels we consider HTML5 to be a massive leap forward in the advancement of website design and development; truly offering the user an engaging and unique experience that isn’t plagued with messages such as, ‘you do not have the latest version of Flash Player installed’. It allows us to design and develop websites that represent our clients and their businesses in whichever way they see fit, and that is something that everyone can benefit from.

The landing page of www.brandedcuppa.co.uk; a website developed in house at Painting Pixels for one our clients demonstrates what HTML5 can do. The first page you see contains a bespoke animation developed in house which requires nothing more than an HTML5 complacent browser to render fast and fluid real time animation promoting our clients services.

The market leading internet browser solutions such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera all support HTML5, including the mobile versions of Safari for Apple devices and Androids own browser found on all Android based tablets and smart phones. Not all of these browsers support the same features and with the rate at which new HTML5 functionality is surfacing it would be safe to assume that none of them support everything; but for the purpose of visiting the website above any of these should suffice.