What is HTML5?HTML5 is the latest revision of HTML markup code. The code used to render webpages, text, images, video, etc, in web browser software like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox. It is used for all browsers on all types of computer devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones and all other mobile devices. It is published, updated and maintained by the W3C (Wide Web Consortium) and WHATWG. It is has been released as a stable W3C recommendation. It reached official status, with formal ratification by W3C, on Oct 28, 2014, thus making it the code of choice for creating webpages.
You have probably heard about HTML5 on other websites or from friends. It is the fifth major revision of the HTML markup language, the code used for website building. It rapidly replaced HTML 4.01 standards as the code of choice for web development. Web templates are now built using HTML5 with some HTML 4.01 tags for older browser compliance. HTML5 is intended to subsume not only HTML 4, but also XHTML 1 and DOM Level 2 HTML. For more details about HTML see the HTML Web Templates Definitions Page.
HTML 4.01 will always work and be viewable in modern web browser software. In the case of HTML5, if a website is built exclusively using only HTML5 code, if the designer did not take older browser software into account, in some cases it may make the website unviewable in these older browsers that are still in use. Browsers that do not fully support HTML5 will be unable to properly render a website built exclusively using the newer code (see "HTML5 Penetration" below on this page). As with all updates there are always some bugs to work out. HTML5 is the preferred choice for any new website project.
"Allwebco web templates are all built to be backward compatible for optimum viewing in older web browsers."
Creating websites to allow older browser compatibility, to be viewable in all web browsers, requires extra care and consideration during the web template development stage. Our designs do not include any type of detection or special scripts to allow for this backward compatibility. We use HTML5 compliant markup and css styles to keep the code simple and lean. We create websites that are backward compatible while still maintaining full W3C HTML5 and CSS3 web standards compliance.
How Different is HTML5 From HTML 4.01?Actually, there is very little difference between HTML5 and the older HTML 4.01 specification. A lot of the hype surrounding HTML5 is the implementation of "web standards", however, in the end these standards are not really standard at all. The standard video and audio once touted as the strength of HTML5 actually is more of a weakness because HTML5 requires at least 4 different video formats and 2 audio formats to play media in all popular browsers. See "HTML5 & Audio/Video Issues" below on this page.
Does Allwebco Offer HTML5 Web Templates?Yes, we have hundreds of HTML5 and CSS3 coded website templates available. You can search at the top of this page for either "HTML5" or "responsive" to view our selection, or click the links below. All of our HTML5 web templates and add-ons are backward compatible for optimal display in older non-HTML5 browsers like IE6, 7, 8, and others. They are fully compliant with newer browsers like IE9+, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera, as well as tablet, smartphones and other mobile device browsers.
Web Template Styles:
- Responsive HTML5
- Photography layouts
- Tablet & surface optimized
- HTML5 video plugin
- Shopping carts
- Drop menu
Mobile ComplianceHTML5 markup is also compliant for all mobile devices. If you are planning a new site, or will be updating to the new code, see mobi-Hybrid Budget and mobi-Hybrid Business website layouts. Our mobi-Hybrid HTML5 designs are built for optimal viewing on mobile devices, smartphones and tablet / surface computers, while still working like a regular website on laptops and Windows PC and Mac desktop computers. They are responsive design and use css Media Queries code to flex on all computer types.
Mashable HTMLBecause HTML5 is a subsume markup language (works in concert with other HTML), HTML5 code can be added to older websites and "mashed" with the older HTML 4.01 code. Allwebco Design is dedicated to providing our clients with website designs optimized for viewing in the widest variety of web browsers and mobile devices, while using the latest web standards code. See also HTML5 details in support.
HTML5 PenetrationThe first public working draft for the HTML5 specification was on January 22, 2008. It was finalized, and published, on October 28, 2014. The Google Chrome browser, at the time of this writing, is by far the most popular with over 60% of the market share. Firefox ranks at #2 with about 20%. Both these browsers have been HTML5 compliant, as well as Safari and Opera, since before 2012. Media Queries code, the css module that allows for responsive websites, became a W3C recommended standard in June 2012.
Audio/Video IssuesAlthough media "web standards" was the original intention for the specification, HTML5 does not support a single video or audio format for all browsers. This means that when adding audio or video to a webpage using only HTML5 code, multiple file formats are required to allow for display across all browsers. Unless at some future date a standard is set for audio and video using HTML5, this drawback creates extra work for webmasters. For more details see Adding Video To a Website or Web Template.
See also jquery.com and also jQuery at Wikipedia
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