The Web corresponds to opportunities where design layout plays a very important role. HTML5 has embedded features that help you out with the presentation and structuring of the content. The Internet has been exploding recently with various discussions about HTML5. The technology has the capability of providing great solutions as a new open platform. It contains innumerable syntax features and combines various technologies that are designed for Web applications. Inclusion of applications that use audio, video, graphics, animation and various other features together with being an alternative to Adobe Flash.
Every technology has its own positives and negatives combined. HTML5 too is not left out of criticism. Underneath are contained some of the benefits and risks that come attached with HTML5. Let’s take a look and then decide which bend to take.
What is HTML5
Firstly, let us take a sneak-peek into what HTML5 is all about. Basically, it is a new set of technologies that allows developers to create Web based applications that are compatible to run on any device via a modern Web browser. HTML5 helps in incorporation of multimedia and graphical content to the web in a fast and simple way. The main feature is that it does not make use of third party plug-ins or Flash. Together with these features there are some new ones introduced as well, such as <article>, <section>, <nav> and <header> which lend extra support to the syntax of the document and makes it perfect and complete.
There are various pros and cons of HTML5 and we will dwell on them to find a synopsis of where the coin stands.
The Pros of HTML5
1. The Stability Factor
Most of the features present in HTML5 can be used practically anywhere as they are constant and require no additional use of modern browser plug-ins. In a few months from now, building CSS animations will be possible without using Silverlight or Flash. Instead, HTML and CSS will solve the purpose.
2. Upgraded and Improved
Designers are adhered to in this factor as they can now use a much easier code where most div tags can be removed and replaced with well-formed HTML5 elements. This technology also makes it easier to navigate the various portions of a page as the tags are specified and their meaning and purpose well-defined. The standardized codes further help in increasing the syntax of the web page.
3. Interactive Environment
Clients are ever-so demanding and the website’s interaction has to be the best for everyone. This demands a lot of effort to be put-in by the developers. This includes fast-paced changes to the animations, video streaming and playing, and social media interaction into the original sites. HTML5 does not make use of any plug-ins or third party programmers to achieve the embedded functionalities as they are already contained within the browsers.
4. A Boost to Receptiveness
It is very easy for programmers of various other technologies to easily comprehend the features of HTML5 by only having a look at the layout of a page with an in-depth approach taking the elements of HTML5 into consideration.
5. Web Apps are Enhanced
HTML5 has ushered in a new set of standards and features into the way a layout of a page is designed. Depending on the ones that are available in the browsers, you can take advantage of the components and incorporate them in your web app. The basic area of focus of this technology is to help make easier apps with much simplified front-ends, drag-and-drop tools, wikis discussion boards and other elements.
The above stated points are some of the positives within HTML5. Now let’s explore the negatives of this technology.
The Cons of HTML5
1. A Bone-of-Contention over HTML5 Standards
An altercation is always ready to be let loose amongst the various experts present in the various workshops. A series of tests, though, have proved that the elements of HTML5 are pretty stable whereas some have brought to light the fact that there exists inconsistency, bugs in them, as well.
2. Problem Faced with Outdated Browser Versions
Obsolete browser versions do not recognize HTML5 and this is a serious issue, for example, IE8 does not relate with the technology. Even though IE does not cater to majority of the Web users around the world, but still, the problem persists.
3. Issues over Media-Elements
This technology still does not make use of a single standard format for video display on all the browsers. At present, use of three different formats for video display are made which extends to the audio displays as well.
4. Syntax for HTML5
The initial purpose of HTML5 was to provide markup simplification and style designs. However, it ended up compiling two fussy versions- an official one by W3C and WHATWG and an informal one by the web community.
There are problems pertaining to logging which limit safe investigation of certain problems.
HTML5 has many similarities with Flash technology and there is a comparison generated between them, on a common basis. Well, Flash and SilverLight won’t get disappeared from the market, at least in the next few years. But, building up from scratch requires you to useHTML5 as your focal point. The main reason pushing towards using HTML is that web pages are basically developed using HTML, CSS and JS. Also, because using HTML code is possible for MVC pages. This, however, depends on the portability of a browser as the functionalities are different for each. New manufacturers are coming up with a different browser every second day which varies in certain functionalities. The performance level of HTML5 looms over irrespective of the browser and can’t be solved that easily. Also, there’s a huge market still available for non-HTML desktop apps.
The Final Word
Since HTML has come into being, from a consortium, it will take some time for the technology to develop and come on its own. The road is far away and open. Even though HTML5 might not yet be the perfect solution, but it is really fast when it comes to designing. Take all the considerations in mind and choose for yourself before moving ahead with the design process. Happy HTML-ing.