The Future is… HTML5

High Five – Coding the future

Whilst reading a BBC article published today, I was struck by a great sense of unfortunate coincidence.

The article detailed the slow approach of HTML5, a new code which is set to take the internet by storm. The key aspect of HTML5 is that it can natively support fancy high-end graphics and videos. Such extravagances were in the past only possible with an Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Flash or QuickTime plug-in.

For an internet user, this means that there is now less chance of them being asked to ‘download a plug-in’ when attempting to view video/graphic content online. For content creators however, the advantages are much more exciting.

HTML5 empowers the amateur content creator, by simplifying complicated code and in the process making it easier to work with. It also sets the internet in the direction of Tim Berners-Lee’s ‘Semantic Web’; a web structure which “cross-references, reacts to and displays multiple information sources from the internet real time”. For content creators who are yet to have a significant following online, a ‘Semantic Web’ would catalyse their content to a larger audience faster.

This all would have been perfect for my Google Maps Project ‘A Night in the Life’, enabling me to reach more users with slicker video content. As HTML5 is yet to be rolled out properly (and won’t be for a few years yet) I unfortunately couldn’t take advantage of its exciting functions.

Despite this, I can’t wait to be able to start working with HTML5 in the future!

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