HTML5 standards are here and this time they are official

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After years of vendor specific css, W3C has finally set the standards for HTML5. These  standards are follow up to 17 year old HTML4 standards. In the mean time world wide web has seen tremendous growth beyond the imagination of Tim Berners Lee or any person living or dead on this planet. HTML5 standards were the need of time since the day former Apple CEO Steve Jobs made flash obsolete. History  for HTML5 standards had begun as early as 2004 by  Mozilla foundation and Opera software but officially W3C started work on HTML5 in 2008. It took working group 45,000 messages and 4,000 errors, ambiguities, and controversies to come up with HTML5 standards as noted by  (W3C HTML Working Group co-chair )


Whats in for you as Web Developers?

Guess what? Christmas has come early this year and Santa Claus(only if you were good developer!) has bag full of presents. No surprises there, as we all knew whats in Santa’s bag but at least now its official standard and next revision is due in 2016, Yes! we are already talking about next version. HTML5 is more semantic then HTML4 and tags now actually mean what they consists. Few of new semantic tags in HTML5 are

article, aside, audio, figcaption, figure, footer, header, nav, section, summary, time , video.

More or less they render same as DIVs. I’m sure you have probably used couple or more of these tags in your projects. To check all the standards head over to W3C’s official page for HTML5 Standards. HTML5 will be able to run  audio and video without requiring any plugin which is the final nail in the coffin of flash. HTML5 also supports many APIs for location services, offline caching, Drag and Drop support which is another major milestone towards W3C open web platform


Whats in for you as web users?

As a web user you don’t need to worry about anything. In most likely cases your browser already supports HTML5 (partially at least) except if you work in some government offices stuck with decade old computers using browser not be named (Yes IE but shhhhh) on windows XP. If you are in later case its way past the high time you should have upgraded your system. Most of the new features are invisible to end user but surely world wide web is going towards better future.