HTML 5 web design: Pros and cons developers need to be aware of

From the early days of web design, HTML has served as a major and crucial component of nearly every website and despite the advent of newer technologies it still holds its spot in industry. Of course, over the year, the most widely used language employed for designing websites has undergone changes and got enhancements. Now in version 5, this language has been endowed with new features and provisions to cater to the changing needs of this industry. HTML 5 has received mostly positive reviews by developers and industry veterans.

The proponents of HTMNL 5 believe with this version, the language has overcome limitations in its predecessors. According to them, it will offer web designers more flexibility and lesser needs to use third party technologies for making stunning content rich web sites. There are some obvious advantages businesses can obtain by getting their websites developed using HTML5.

More features packed in same frame: In recent times, people access web more than ever before and websites need to be imbued with more content and media elements. Therefore, HTML 5 has been endowed with useful new features to let developers create content rich, interactive websites without hassle. Despite the changes, developers will find using HTML5 not much different from earlier versions. The basic things have not changed and so it does not have a steep learning curve.

Compatibility with various web browsers: This is one big advantage HTML 5 web designers will have. Thankfully, all third party web browsers have focused on making their products compatible with this new standard. Google Chrome, Firefox and even Microsoft’s IE 9 has received updates to ensure they render web pages made using HTML5 flawlessly. Whatever small incompatibilities are there, will be ironed out in near future.

Enhanced media handling capabilities: Nowadays web design professionals need to use various media elements in the websites created by them. With spread of high speed internet in many countries, web users tend to access web videos more than earlier. Websites nowadays have flash animation, video, Audio and various media elements embedded. HTML 5 offers native support for popular online media formats which will be bliss for web design professionals. This makes viewing websites made in this language more hassle free for web users, too.

Form usage made simpler: In many websites, web designers need to include forms. Forms in web pages are used for user registration, online purchase and online surveys etc. With HTML 5, form usage in web pages will become simpler. Form validation has been made native in this iteration of HTML.  With HTML5, developers can make online forms with more elements in less time.

Offline Application cache, bliss for web users: One feature include din HTML 5 that will benefit web users a lot is offline application cache. People, who use sluggish internet connections and face frequent disconnections, will find their internet usage experience smoother than ever before. Owing to this new feature, developers now can specify files in web pages that will be cached by browsers. This will improve offline browsing prospects. It will also result in faster page loading and less load on servers.

Flexibility in website development: HTML 5 has many small but much needed improvements that will make developing websites simpler and enhance web browsing experience by users by several notches. The much touted Canvas feature in it, for example, gives developers freedom from using Flash yet allows media usage. With HTML 5 making websites compatible with mobile devices is also simpler. It is bliss for developers who need to resort to third party tools or complicated tools for making their websites compatible with various tablets and Smart phones.

There are few hiccups on the way

HTML 5 is being touted as future of web design and its prospects seem rosy. However, website design professionals need to be aware of few limitations come with it. The biggest worry is that it is still not fully compatible with IE9. Despite claims of Microsoft, certain features of HTML5 are not fully supported by IE9 yet. Given the fact millions of web users use IE9 now, this can be a tad risky for web developers to switch to HTML 5. HTML 5 apps are nowhere near the level of Android and iOS, for example. As a development platform, it is still in a nascent stage and widespread absorption by developers and clients will take some time.

Summing it all up

As of now, HTML 5 is in a stage of evolution. It has taken mobile web development by storm. As per the W3C, the final version of HTML 5 may come in 2014.  Hence, web development professionals should adopt a ‘wait and watch’ approach rather than switching to HTML 5 in a fully fledged manner. Meanwhile, they can develop and sharpen their skills in this promising web designs language.

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