While HTML4 and CSS2 are solid technologies and will remain the front runner until a broader adaptation of HTML5 and CSS3 compliant web browsers take place, HTML5 and CSS3 should still be a main focus in web development and design. First let’s take a look at what HTML5 is and what browsers currently support it.
HTML5 is a markup language for creating web content to be served to end user web browsers. It is the successor to HTML4, which is the current web standard. Its major benefit is its improved support for multimedia and styling while keeping it easy to create and modify by web developers, as well as being cross compliant to web browsers without the need for patches.
In particular, HTML5 adds many new simple tags that can be used to create clean and multimedia rich content. Some of these include:
“@fontface”, which allows any font that is referenced on the web server to be used in your html document without the need for the client to have the font installed natively.
Here are a list of the browsers that support HTML5 features and also figures on their usage based on older browser technology:
Now you might be thinking to yourself that it would be pointless to invest time and resources into a technology that a good majority won’t be able to fully utilize. I’ll explain why I feel you should start using HTML5 and what benefits you can except to see from it.
Here are some resources you can use to get information on how to use HTML5 and CSS3, and how you can create content that is also compatible with older web browsers: