If you’re in the technology sphere, no doubt you’ve heard that HTML5 is quickly becoming one of the hottest new technologies on the block. While the hype around it has been relatively recent, HTML5 has actually been around since 2008. Its cutting-edge functionalities have gotten kudos although concerns about its compatibility across browsers have limited its adoption. The goal of this article is to explain some of the benefits of HTML5 and best practices for its usage so as not to sacrifice cross-browser compatibility.
Benefits of the New Markup
Complementary to these new functionalities, the most significant improvement introduced by HTML5 has been the addition of semantic meaning. Previously used layout elements such as the meaningless <div> can now be replaced with HTML5's <header>, <article>, <section> or <figure> to name just a few. Each one of these new elements can be interpreted differently by web browsers and search engines thus adding an element of specificity. These new elements are also supported selectors that can be used in CSS3 and jQuery.
Yet another plus of using HTML5 is the positive impact it can have on search engine optimization (SEO) efforts. Web crawlers can more easily understand how websites are laid out and how information is architected in HTML5 than in previous versions of HTML. Best practice would dictate inclusion of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) attributes in HTML5 markup to increase SEO and enhance user experience.
HTML5 in Motion
At DOOR3 we create accessible, rich and powerful web applications using HTML5 in conjuction with any necessary tools to fully support all web browsers. We also implement HTML5 over other platforms such as Drupal, CakePHP and ASP.NET. Please feel free to contact us for more information about these cutting-edge technologies.
So, are you afraid of HTML5? You can be sure DOOR3 isn’t.