January 14, 2013 WeMarketHealthCare

Jacksonville Web Design Community Prepares for HTML5

The Jacksonville web design community, including Spark, Inc. is preparing for the changes and challenges HTML5 will bring to programmers. In December 2012, the W3C announced that no further features would be added to the new programming language, meaning programmers can start using the language immediately. Starting in 2014, HTML5 will be fully released, replacing HTML4 and reducing the need to program the same app for several different web platforms. The language is increasingly popular, and is currently used by 34 of the top 100 web sites around the world. Even Adobe admitted that Flash will no longer be used with the advent of HTML5.

Additionally, HTML5 syntax is compatible with older languages, including C++. HTML5 standardizes the syntax needed for certain elements of programming, and simplifies programming for the typical modern website. The new parsing rules are far more flexible than those of HTML4, and HTML5 is built to be backwards compatible with older systems and apps, streamlining the user’s experience and reducing syntax errors. Unfortunately, HTML5 still cannot handle animation on its own. However, effective Jacksonville web design can take this into account, intertwining HTML5 programming for static elements and videos with Javascript programming for any animation needed in the site.

Many of the features of HTML5 are compatible with smart phone and tablet apps and have the additional benefit of cutting out the native platform intermediary, reducing costs for developers and users. This is due to the fact that programming in HTML5 changes apps from being platform based to being web based. Also, many browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer, have already updated their systems to support HTML5.

Even though HTML5 will be backwards compatible with older languages and websites, keeping up with the latest programming and features available for your website benefits your company by allowing a modern, streamlined, and user-friendly interface with your customers. Spark specializes in Jacksonville web design and can update your existing website or create an entirely new one in HTML5, keeping your website up to date and compatible with the modern ways of surfing the web. Click here to see what Spark’s web designers can do you for you!