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Features Of HTML5

The HTML5 is equipped with many new featusres that give you power to design attractive web pages you might have never designed before with HTML alone.

Here are some of the major features in HTML5 that you will find useful:

  • Video playback and drag-and-drop, which are dependent on third-party browser plug-ins like Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash.
  • Wide range of new attributes and elements that reveal effective usage on modern websites.
  • Through a standardized interface, it provides new multimedia functionality of <audio> and <video>.
  • Reduced usage of plugins like Flash.
  • New APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) has been specified in HTML5 that includes offline storage database, the canvas element for immediate mode 2D drawing, timed media playback, Cross-document messaging, document editing, browser history management, drag-and-drop, Microdata, MIME type and protocol handler registration etc.
  • Compressed and user-friendly API.
  • Versatility in handling incorrect syntax.
  • Detailed rules for lexing and parsing.
  • Advanced language support.
  • Apart from these, there are several other features loaded in HTML5 such as ContentEditable, Stylable elements, Canvas element for drawing, geo-location, Web Forms 2.0, server-sent DOM Events, hyper-threading for Web browsers, application caches, client-side storage and further more.
  • Local off-line storage for better support.
  • Formats like date, time, calendar, email, url, search have been added.
  • Local storage and session storage are two new methods that are used for storing data.

Recently, HTML5 has become the centre of focus for designing and developing websites. It is being considered as a new standard of HTML, HTML DOM and XHTML.

  • It can play audio-video files and supports various formats.
  • HTML5 includes interactive documents that functions for embedding graphics.
  • HTML 5 is not a W3C recommendation yet
  • It has initiated Canvas feature that uses JavaScript to draw graphics on a web page and is useful to control pixels.
  • One of the characteristics of HTML5 includes its storage methods: local storage and session storage. The data is not passed on by every server request, but used only when asked for. So, this makes it possible to store large amount of data without affecting the website's performance.

Apart from the above features, several new tags have been introduced in HTML and some of the tags have been deprecated that were previously being used in HTML such as <acronym>, <big>, <dd>, <frame>, <strike> and so on. Some of the new tags that have been added in the HTML5 are <source>, <keygen>, <footer>, <figure>, <datalist>, <canvas>, <audio> and further more.