The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) announced that the much-awaited update to HTML5, the language that drives the online world, is now complete. The language is an update to HTML4 and is expected to usher in the new era of the World Wide Web.
Although HTML5 still needs to be tested, the language is already “feature complete” and is set to become the web standard by 2014. This gives application developers and web designers sufficient time to implement the updated language, as no additional features will be added.
HTML5 will allow developers to integrate various features in a web browser without requiring additional software or applications such as Java, Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s Flash. The language also supports offline tools, fast video and geolocation services, and has touch screen capabilities.
Jeff Jaffe, Chief Executive Officer of W3C, said: “Today, businesses know that they can rely on this language even before it becomes the standard. Likewise, app developers now know the skills that must be honed to implement HTML5 across a wide array of devices including cars, e-books, tablets and smartphones.”
Interestingly, most of the leading technology companies ensured that their browsers are already compatible with most elements of HTML5, even before the language was fully completed. These include Mozilla Firefox, Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Moreover, Google’s YouTube and Netflix are also two of the most famous early adopters of the language. Likewise, the Financial Times (FT) terminated its smartphone application in 2011 and opted for a HTML5 mobile portal. The website looked and worked like a native application, but FT doesn’t need to create multiple versions of its code for different smartphone platforms.