Since the original HTML was invented with the web over 20 years ago, it has gone through many updates, but its been more than a decade since the last one, and in web terms that’s pretty much forever.
HTML has been a few steps behind changes on the web for quite some time. For example, when video came along, there was no way to integrate it naturally into HTML, so different companies developed their own video players to work around it.
These worked OK, but they were all external plugins, meaning that you had to download them, and this was, well, annoying and potentially risky.
HTML5 is adding capabilities to deal with this stuff – like video – right into its code, so that plugins hopefully won’t be necessary. And there’s plans to add a bunch more cool stuff that previously was tricky or even impossible to implement with HTML alone.
The overall hope is that some day it will create a standard, consistent web experience across all devices and browsers.
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