HTML 4 has been around for many years, and it looks like the newest incarnation HTML5 is going to make some serious changes to the way the web works.

Here is a video for those who are interested (it is over an hour long, and targetted at a technical audience, but very informative)

Here are some Highlights:

  • Offline Storage including offline database storage
  • Adding video will be as simple as adding an image to a webpage
  • Forms will be much simpler, yet complete (things like calendars for dates etc)
  • Geolocation API’s so you can get the location of a mobile device via the browser
  • Drag and Drop
  • Better interaction with the Operating System
  • Canvas, being able to generate images dynamically

So there are plenty of cool things coming. Alreadt Google Chrome, Safari and a few other browsers (including iphone and android mobile devices) are already handling HTML5. However, there are not many websites that are written in HTML5 to take advantage of this.

Older versions of Internet Explorer (version 6 and older) won’t work as it is too old and one fight will be getting people to upgrade their browser so they can access these new features

We may be building dual websites for a while!

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