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HTML5: The Good & The Bad

On 12 May 2012, in Web Development, by Alex Noudelman

HTML 5 offers users a number of benefits, including richer applications and enhanced interactivity. It is expected that over 2.1 billion mobile users will be utilizing the program by 2016. This is a significant increase from the 109 million mobile browsers who utilized it in 2010. With Facebook and Google`s endorsement things are moving that way fast for the language that now defines the market.

This article sets out to examine the advantages and disadvantages of HTML5. Business Media, as a leading Toronto Web Design firm, strives to keep its clients well informed and ready to embrace the changes the world of technology brings.

Advantages

More Descriptive Semants:  There are new semantically rich elements that convey the purpose of the element for developers as well as browsers. Examples of such elements are footers, headers and nav.

Richer Media Elements:
 We are experiencing a large growth in rich media tags, such as audio and video. They are very easy to use and are now more flexible than ever before.

Mobile Friendly:
Times are changing. The sale of mobile devices is outgrowing the sale of desktop PCs.

No Plugins:
No need to download plug-ins which could potentially fail and turn away website visitors. Access is automatically given.

Compatible with all Apple mobile devices:
Have iPhone, iPod or iPad? Browse Away!

Liquid Layouts:  More flexibility on screen resolutions. Easily adapt to any device’s screen resolution.


Disadvantages

Meant for modern browsers: No support for Internet Explorer.

Media Licensing required:  Different formats will be required to run rich applications. This is temporary and will be resolved soon.

No Url:
  Will not work with browsers which are not compatible with HTML5.