The vast amount of information available on the Internet and the increasing tech-savvy of today’s business owners is fostering a new understanding of web design, application development, social media, and more. But with all the information out there, make sure you separate the facts from the buzzwords. Continue reading ?
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HTML and HTML5… Defined
There are a few reasons why asking someone to code “in HTML5” is not exactly correct. First and foremost, HTML5 is not a new coding language or a new framework to build websites on. HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, is a coding language that’s universal for the web. All web browsers read and interpret it. HTML5, for all intents and purposes, is a slang term for some new standards in HTML. There are some new tags (what’s a tag?) that are specific to HTML5, but the language is still the same HTML.
Currently, in March of 2011, as HTML5 is really starting to take hold, there are more and more places where it’s 100% acceptable to use the new tags. The most prominent place is mobile web.
But Back to the Question at Hand
Hopefully I haven’t insulted anyone who’s ever asked a developer to code their site in HTML5 because I truly love the interest in the web and in technology in general. My intention here is to clarify the little distinctions so that there’s no confusion down the road. A more appropriate question could be: “Can we (and should we) take advantage of the new features and technology offered by HTML5?”
But don’t forget to follow that up with: “Will it still work in IE 6 on Windows XP, though?” Because of course: “My office only uses IE 6 and we can’t upgrade. I’m sure most of my clients are the same way, too.”