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HTML5

So you were probably just thinking to yourself that HTML5 hadn't gone out with such a big bang like everyone suggested it would...No?

It kinda feels like when everyone got all hyped about web 2.0. Remember that? Yeah nothing changed and you are still using the same old websites you used to.

Well its half to be expected, HTML5 is just an evolution of an already existing and well used technology.

For those of you that are not working on websites all day every day HTML5 is a set of new features that us web developers can now use when building websites. Well that's what it's supposed to be, because what actually happens is we first spend months waiting for the browsers to catch up and understand this new code, and then we literally spend years and years waiting for everyone to update the browsers on their computers to this new version.

Also another problem is that HTML5 is not one big change, but a collection of seemingly insignificant changes, and each of the many browsers will update to use some of the new features but take longer to implement some of the other features.

This gives us a bigger problem, making some sites work in some browsers and not in others, and more likely it will work differently from one browser to the next, or even using the same browser but in different operating systems.

The real problem is getting everyone to upgrade to these flashy new browsers, we can't use these new features until we know everyone will be able to use them properly. Even right now over 1% of the people reading this are still using IE6, a browser that is over 10 years old and riddled with security flaws (I hope if anything this post will get those people to update their browser). So if we used a new HTML feature that worked on every browser apart from IE 6 (and realistically this is a problem for lots of browsers not just IE6 even though it looks like I'm picking on it), if this new feature was an integral part of the website and we had 10,000 users. Potentially 100 customers wouldn't be able to make an order.

Over the next few weeks and months I will post more of my views of HTML5, including some tips on simple changes you can do to make a real benefit to your site as well as some positive and negative features in HTML5.

Some of my other posts won't be so negative about it I promise.


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