HTML is one of the go-to platforms for developers when it comes to web design and development and to allow for even more flexibility, the developers of the base code make sure they improve upon the existing infrastructure. Not long ago, the management of the HTML scripts started to roll out the HTML 5, and this came into the market with much love from coders and developers. Even Google could not resist the new rollout as they opted for their Chrome browsers to feature this by extension, pushing the Adobe Flash plugin into the background.
To make further improvements on the HTML 5, make sure the bugs in the system are squashed, and performance is at a 100, the HTML 5.1 – which has since been dubbed the gold standard – has launched. There is, no doubt, a lot of interesting things to look at here, but we are about to dig into the irresistible feature of the gold standard.
1 MULTIMEDIA SUPPORT
There was a time when you needed Flash support to play your video and audio files in a browser. With the HTML 5.1 enabled, you can now get your audio and video files to play right from the browser plate.
2 IMPROVED INPUT ELEMENTS
Those of us that have been coding for a while know that you cannot do without input elements. Without the input types, you would not be able to receive the input elements in the required types. To make sure that thus trend doesn’t end soon, and users have more functionality over the input types, HTML 5 brings more on board. Now, you have “Tel, URL, email, color” and “DateTime.”
3 SUPPORT FOR CANVAS
In any coding area, the canvas is the region of space where you are allowed to do some operations which are based on pixels rather than coding text. The area can be used for operations such as making a drawing or creating a solid shape. Likewise, you can handle your graphics business on the Canvas, and HTML 5 wants you to do that too. With HTML 5, you might not need to leave the coding area to get your drawings and graphics done.
4 CUSTOM ATTRIBUTES
5 EDITABLE CONTENT
It has been hard for developers to make their codes so responsive that end users would be able to edit it later in the outside interface, but HTML 5 has corrected that. Now, you can go ahead to build a web page that would pack editable sections such as notes and an HTML editor. There is also another feature tagged ‘offline storage,’ and our Editable Content feature works wonders when linked to the former add-on
6 REQUIRED FIELDS/ RANGE VALIDATORS
Filling forms required that some data fields be treated with utmost respect and filled compulsorily while others could be skipped. When it comes to developing a web page that includes forms, you want to be sure people know which field is mandatory or not, and HTML 5 has a way to improve on that for you. By using an attribute called ‘required,’ you would be able to make a field a must-address for anyone accessing the web page, and otherwise, the form would not be submitted.
7 GOODBYE, QUOTES
Unlike XHTML, HTML 5 would not fine you if you forgot to add the quotes to your code. For the new developers in the house, this would be an easy one for you. This means that you don’t always have to remember to close your statements and codes, lest your program fails to run. However, for the oldies and baddies in our midst, closing your line of codes in quotes does not mean they would not run. The support for quotes is still in there, but it has been made optional for those that want to use it or not.
8 PRELOAD MEDIA
HTML 5 brings on board support for preloading videos, and this could be a big break if handled well. The question every developer should ask themselves is if there is the need to preload the video or not. If a user accesses a web page, and there is a video there that has to be seen, then preloading it to save such a user sometimes is not such a bad idea. HTML 5 has put in about a duo of options to enable you to preload your video units too.
9 OUTPUT ELEMENT
Yeah, you guessed right. This feature is to give you output when you let the computer perform some basic tasks such as a simple calculation. While many might not see the need to go online to solve a simple arithmetic problem such as ’10 + 5,’ we think you can use this as an added layer of security to your website to separate the people pack from the robot pack.
10 YOUR TURN
We believe that some of you would have been able to try out the HTML 5.1 also and we would love to hear from you. What are your breakout features on the new platform?