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HTML 5 and CSS3: The Future of the Web

HTML 5 and CSS3 are the newest versions of two important web languages that have been around for some time now. These new languages promise a host of new web design techniques and possibilities for amazing web services. These new web standards are being adopted by web browsers now and here is a tour of what's to come.

Future of the WebHTML 5 and CSS3 are the newest versions of two important web languages that have been around for some time now (HTML has been in the same version for over 10 years!). These new languages promise a host of new web design techniques and possibilities for amazing web services. These new web standards are being adopted by modern web browsers now and should be fully supported in a year to 18 months. Here is a tour of what's to come.

HTML 5

The biggest news about HTML 5 is advent of the <audio> and <video> tags for directly embedding and streaming multi-media. Browsers will start to ship with players built-in, so no more embedding Real Player, Quicktime, or other desktop apps. HTML 5 also promises an expanded suite of document structure tags to support easy transplanting of page content such as through syndication, and will provide more semantic meaning about the structure of a document.

Read this article from A List Apart for more about HTML 5.

CSS3

CSS3 promises to make interactive web features easier to program and provides a new bag of tricks that CSS implementers can use. Most of what can be done can already be done through Flash or Javascript but historically some of these have been "hacks" rather than fully supported web features.

I think it's just better to see what's possible rather than have me try to describe the technical details, so feast your eyes on this tour of CSS3.

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To see some of these examples yourself, visit:

 

When Can We Have It!?

The specifications for both HTML 5 and CSS3 are still in flux but on the home stretch for wide adoption. Some browsers already support most of the features such a Google's Chrome browser and Safari. Internet Explorer 9 is slated to fully support both new specifications.

Simply put, you won't see any of these new features rolled out overnight. Rather they will be gradually included in more and more websites in the coming 18 months or so. It's been 10 years since the last update to these important web languages so it will take time for the common practices to emerge and for a solid implementation consensus to be formed.

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