You may be asking yourself what this means for you. For those who have websites, your website will run faster and allow you to drive efficient experiences. For those who have not created their website yet, never fear - things are going to get much, much easier.
All websites are developed using HTML, which is the blueprint for the way your website is going to look and feel. The process for adding any additional graphical or multimedia content requires the use of third-party extensions. This is the current standard, but it makes things slower for the user. For those who have ever created their own website, you are probably aware that previous versions of html can become complicated.
There are multiple new features being integrated into HTML5 that you should be excited about:
1. Canvas - Tired of waiting for flash player to load? Canvas will eliminate the need to download and constantly update your flash player.
2. Timed media playback - know that your users might find a certain section of your website difficult? Set a help tutorial to display after a certain amount of time spent on the more complicated sections of your website.
3. Offline storage database - Goodbye cookies, they will become obsolete as the new form of storage is much more secure for both the user and the host.
Apple users rejoice! Safari is the first browser to become almost 100 percent compatible with this new upcoming standard. Windows based users are not too far behind - Firefox 6.0, and Google Chrome browsers are both nearly 95 percent compatible at the moment, and updates are being pushed out to make the release of HTML5 a smooth transition for everyone.
Eagerly awaiting this new and exciting standard? Verify that your web browser is compatible, and compare your scores with your colleagues at http://html5test.com.
Contributions to this article were made by Devin Sag, Tech Helpline Technical Analyst