How HTML5 will change the Web

HTML5 will spawn richer, more sophisticated Websites while also easing development. Here are nine ways the impact of HTML5 will be felt

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HTML5 will simplify Web development

Bill Mill, a developer who works at Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, explains the change succinctly: “I mainly like HTML5 because it allows me to work in one unified environment, the browser plus JavaScript plus DOM, without having to switch back and forth between the Flash world and the HTML5 world. There is one language and one set of tools, not different ones for each plug-in.”

He adds, “I think this is noticeable to the user too, where Flash blobs seem to exist in their own world within a Web page.”

HTML5 offers one language (JavaScript), one data model (XML and DOM), and one set of layout rules (CSS) to bind text, audio, video, and graphics. The challenge of making something beautiful is still immense, but it’s simpler to work with a unified standard.

Now, if only HTML5 came with the nice collection of tools that Adobe makes for Flash.

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