New Features In HTML5

More than ten new features have come with Hypertext Markup Language version 5 (HTML5) web design tool. HTML5 has been significantly developed from its predecessor, HTML4.01. Currently, some features in HTML4.01 have become invalid and not used in HTML5.

It is the need for sophisticated methods for structuring web content, incorporation of media content and improving form handling techniques that prompted HTML evolution. Software architects have therefore developed the up-to-date web design software which operates on across common web browsers – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer.

Some of the new features introduced in HTML5 include tags such as <nav>, <section>, <footer>, <figure>, <video> and <audio> just to mention a few. These tags are defined by nesting them the usual way, often with other tags.

To begin with the <nav> tag, this specifies main navigation links. When visitors click on them, they are redirected to page with content relative to particular navigation links. Alternatively, navigation links could be styled to present them as navigation bars, which are more attractive than plain links.

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If a document is large and comprehensive, the web designer may subdivide into several parts as in sections using section feature. This is done by nesting parts with common content with section tag. Today, you can improve content formatting using <section> tag.

Another new feature in HTML5 is <footer> component. Conventionally, the <footer> section  occupies the bottom web-page position. It is denoted by <footer> tag. Navigation links, advertisements and copyright declaration may be contained here.

A new way for structuring independent content is by defining them using <figure> with <figcaption> tags. Nesting should be done appropriately so as to present sufficient content details. Pictures, illustrations, diagrams and the like can be described this way.

Do you know that you can play a video or movie on web browser without use of Adobe Flash Player? Well, that is possible with new HTML5 video feature. Preceding versions of HTML have issues with video players. It has been observed that more than often websites based on HTML 4.01 are ineffective in playing video content, and sometimes Flash Player literary crashes down. Video players may be coded using <video> tag alongside its attributes to define the video width, video height, media source or auto controls.

Similarly, a sound content in a folder can be played on a web browser by nesting with appropriate <audio> tags and defining the folder containing sound media. Additionally, attributes defining media type and controls may be used for quality media content presentation.

The list for new features in HTML5 is long. Just to mention other new elements apart from above characters include <embed>, <track>, <hgroup>, <header>, <summary>, <details>, <command>, <details> and <article> tags.


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