Pros and Cons of HTML5

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in HTML | 0 comments

HTML5 is a widely used mark-up language for structuring and presenting content on the Internet. As the fifth version of the HTML standard, it has some new and impressive features. These include audio, video and canvas elements making it more expedient to incorporate multimedia and other graphics to a website without having to use Flash players and plug-ins. Like with all languages, this one too has many advantages, but it also has its drawbacks. So what are they? It has become for websites to become interactive and appealing. Developers feel the need to embed the sites with graphics and videos. In times past this could only be done with the help of Flash, Silverlight and Flex. But with the arrival in the market of HTML5, it has now become possible to load the site with animation and other appealing graphics without having to utilize third party plug-ins. The second advantage of using HTML5 is the ability that programmers get in using cleaner and neater code. They no longer need to use division tags. They can now use semantic elements instead. As more and more developers using this language for coding their sites, one will be able to find greater standardisation in the programming world. This would enable programmers to look at a website and understand the coding logic behind it easily. Transferring knowledge becomes a lot easier this way. While there are many benefits to HTML5 that could probably enable it to be used globally, the sad truth is that it also has some key drawbacks that prevent this from happening. The main problem is that only modern browsers accept HTML5. This means that older versions of Internet Explorer are not compatible with this language. It does work quite well on Internet Explorer 9, but many people are not yet on this browser. The language itself is a work in progress, which means that it could still change. While a lot of what has been developed thus far has been stabilised and ready for use, there are parts of the language that could still take time to get fully completed. That is why it is still essential to write the coding to make it compatible with older browsers. This involves a little bit of extra work, but as of now it is very essential. However, the benefits of HTML5 have shown us that it is clearly a language of the future and developers would do well to gain expertise in...

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