Wednesday, November 24, 2010

HTML - Hyper Text Markup Language

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. HTML has been the basis for nearly all internet coding since websites first began to appear. There have been a few changes, such as ASP and PHP, which allow server side processes. But in essence, the long standing HTML 4 has not changed for quite some time.The most recent version of HTML 5 is still very much under development, which has been slowed by the competitive browser market (Firefox, Chrome, and IE). Nevertheless, HTML 5 is looking very promising, and promises to remove the need for many of the multimedia add-ons which we currently use with today's browsers.

One of the biggest developments in HTML 5 is how it affects multimedia presentations on the Internet. Most notably, the clumsy, encumbered, 'Object' tag has now been replaced with specific, orientated tags, such as 'video' and 'audio'. These changes seem minor, but they allow the developer to add specific attributes for browser based multimedia processing.

The majority of the benefits to HTML 5 are to do with its graphical capabilities. Whereas most current browsers simply load an image, HTML 5 is expected to include a built in powerful vector engine, capable of producing vector graphics, and animations, and user interactive applications, without the need for numerous plug-ins, such as Flash and Silverlight.

The vector processing, using the tag 'canvas', allows a developer to section off an area of the webpage in which pictures, animation, chart, games, and interactive elements can be directly coded, with no plug-ins required.HTML 5 will probably not look much different from your everyday web browser, and Google Chrome with Google Gears is a good example. It provides local offline application use, as well as local database storage to ensure speedy web browsing and application processing.

As with XML and other emerging Internet standards, CSS is not only an option, but a requirement in HTML, it will form the backbone of any HTML 5 compliant website to ensure it processed perfectly while allowing multimedia to fit in with the look and style of your website. This may make life more difficult for amateur web developers, especially those who focus more on multimedia and presentation rather than coding, but it is a skill well worth learning.

The power of HTML 5 in multimedia is only just being realized. The most important aspect is the ability to include web based applications with increased accessibility and utility. Hiring PSD to HTML service from a web development company is a major decision and demands high cost of operation. Therefore, an individual should select his Web Development Company carefully.