Web Design is rapidly evolving with the advancements in technology and changing preferences of the internet users. The Hyper-text Markup Language or HTML forms the main backbone of the all the web content that internet users come across while surfing online. The HTML elements have provided the Web Design Professional with the means of embedding a variety of elements as a part of the web content. However, they have undergone periodic upgrades and refurbishment to keep up with the time and technology. The HTML5 is the fifth revision of the standard version of HTML that had served as the standard since 1997 as HTML 4. The latest version of the markup language aims to be capable of including a wider range of multimedia content within its HTML elements while rendering it comprehensible for the humans. It also aims to become more friendly more use in the latest devices such as smartphones and tablets that have overtaken of the desktops in almost every market. The latest version is capable of including all the features of its immediate predecessor, the HTML 4.01, as well as, XHTML 1 and DOM Level 2 HTML. It has gained W3C Candidate Recommendation as of December 2012.
The HTML5 aspires to become a markup language that Web Design professionals can use to write using either HTML or XHTML syntax. It is also more suitable for developing complex web applications with the introduction of application programming interfaces or the APIs. These advanced features have ensured that Web Design professionals and experts consider the HTML5 to be a potential candidate for development of cross platform applications for the mobile devices in the future. This has come into consideration also because of the incorporation of a number of features in the HTML5 version, which makes it suitable for running in low-powered mobile devices such as the tablets and smartphones. The leading analysts are forecasting a sales figure of over 1 billion for the phones compatible with HTML5 in 2013.
Several of the features incorporated in HTML5 are usable for devices available in the market whereas some are going to prove more useful in next generation of devices. HTML5 enables the web users to use separate background threads to process some of the more complex web applications. This is especially useful in case of web applications using heavy scripts and the use of separate threads help in averting any effects on the performance of the web page. The new version of HTML enables Web Design professionals to incorporate a number of syntactic features for taking care of evolving multimedia features. Users can embed videos as easily as images as part of the web content without the need of codec or proprietary plug-ins from third-party developers. Web Design professionals can also embed various canvas elements, as easily as videos; to enhance the graphics of the web page without any needs for a plug-in. The HTML5 has incorporated the Geo-location feature, which is best suited for the mobile devices. Therefore, the HTML5 is going to take care of all the needs of the Web Design professionals with its generous offering of latest features and easy implementation.