The five characters in "HTML5" are now an established buzzword, found everywhere on the Web and often given top billing in slides, feature lists, and other places where terms du jour congregate. Nonprogrammers who must either manage or work with programmers are even beginning to pick up the term. The "HTML 5" label is in reality just the name of a document that isn't even finished. The W3C, whose job it is to build standard-setting descriptions of Web technology, has been contemplating the fifth version of the HTML standard for almost seven years. The latest HTML5 draft may finally become official in 2022, at least according to Ian Hickson, one of the authors who works for Google.
But don't let that unfinished nature fool you: HTML5 is already deployed in every major browser to varying degrees, and it's key to unlocking the full potential of mobile apps. InfoWorld's expert Peter Wayner takes you through the HTML5 technologies that you should be using today on your websites and Web apps, explaining how to use them and how to implement them the right way.