We’ve been hearing a significant amount of buzz over HTML5 in the past several months – and even more about mobile websites. The new features offered by HTML5 make it ideal for mobile device applications, and it’s an integral part of any new website design.
Why program in HTML5?
This fifth official version of HTML offers new programming features that are tailored to today’s trends in web development. HTML5 incorporates ways of supporting the newest multimedia technology while keeping the language as simple as possible for human users to work with. Some of the new features include:
- <video> and <audio> tags to add video and graphic content to a page without excess plugins
- <section> and <article> tags that enrich written content
- The ability to eliminate Adobe Flash from websites and mobile sites
The Importance of Being Mobile-Friendly
An enormous percentage of mobile phone users are accessing websites from their smartphones, but these phones aren’t necessarily designed to handle regular websites. A site might appear stacked in an odd order, with images missing, or – most commonly – without the ability to play flash. It’s extremely important to look into how your website appears in mobile devices like tablet computers, iPhones, BlackBerrys, and Android phones. Buying a mobile website (a version of your site designed to be accessed by mobile devices) is the best route, but programming in HTML5 helps keep your website more mobile-friendly and makes it easier to program a mobile site in the future.