8 Best HTML5 Features You Should Check Now

By | February 19, 2016

HTML5 is the latest version of the markup languages that is launched to solve the compatibility issues which affect the current standard of HTML4. This latest update is basically backward compatible and easy to adopt. Moreover, it is also introduced to support latest features that many sites require today.

For those who are not yet familiar with HTML5, it is a markup language which is used for organizing and displaying content on the World Wide Web. It was first launched on 28 October 2014 by the W3C. HTML5, as the name suggests, is the fifth version of the HTML standards since the introduction of World Wide Web.

As a matter of fact, new technology brings along new features and techniques and HTML5 is no different. Therefore, we have pulled together the best features of this new markup language to help you make the most of it.HTML5 Features

HTML5 Features

1. Multimedia support in HTML5

HTML5 has come with a bang. It provides support for multimedia both audio and video. Whether you want to integrate video tutorials or an about us introductory video, HTML5 has made everything possible in regards to multimedia.

<video src=”Video-file-path” controls=”controls” width=”300″ height=”150″>
Alternative text to be displayed when the browser does not support the video

How to integrate a video or audio file?

<audio src=”Audio-file-path” controls=”controls”>
Alternative text to be displayed when the browser does not support the audio

2. Required Attribute

HTML Forms come with a new required attribute, which automatically specifies whether the specific input field is required or not. This eliminates the need for writing the code for validating the form. There are basically two ways of declaring this attribute which is explained as follows:

<input name=”First” required=”” type=”text” />
<input name=”First” required=”required” type=”text” />
You can use any one of them according to your preference.

3. The Semantic Header and Footer

With the introduction of HTML5, you no longer have to write code like this:
<div id=”header”>
<div id=”footer”>

HTML5 comes with an access to <header> and <footer> tags to give the sections more semantic structure.

4. Local Storage

HTML5 now comes with local storage to allow you to save or remember everything you type even after you refresh or close the browser. Although, this feature isn’t supported by all the browsers, most notably you can expect it to work in Firefox 3.5, Safari 4, and Internet Explorer 8.

5. Placeholders

There was a time when you had to use JavaScript to build placeholders for textboxes. The value of the attribute can be set anything initially, but once the user deletes the value and navigates away, it will be left blank.

Here is how you can use placeholders in HTML5.
<input name=”email” type=”email” placeholder=”joe@helpthepoor.com” />

Here too, only limited browsers support this feature. However, if even best browsers don’t support placeholders, there won’t be any harm done.MCSD: 70-480

6. Canvas in HTML5

Canvas is an extremely durable rectangular area which allows you to draw a circle, box, a line as well as performing other graphics. The good news is that HTML5 provides a support for these canvas areas.

To build a canvas, use this following code:
<canvas id=”myCanvas” width=”100″ height=”50″></canvas>

Fallback content, when the canvas is not supported by the browser.

7. Editable Content

Editable content is a great feature that enables your visitors to edit the content of the HTML control. Editable content enables the web developers to create pages that consist of sections such as HTML editor, notes etc. You need to add an attribute called contentEditable=”true” to the HTML control.

You can combine this outstanding feature with another feature called offline storage to make the most of it. Offline storage, as the name suggests, allows you to store a huge amount of data in your user’s browsers locally.

<p contenteditable=”true”>Click here to edit this content!</p>

8. New Doctype

Get rid of that old, impossible to use XHTML doctype. HTML5 comes with a new Doctype that will help you stay up-to-date forever. Instead of using something like this:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”>

simply use this:
<!DOCTYPE html>

Wrapping up:

HTML5 is the latest web technology that is taking the web industry by storm. This is the list of the most popular and useful features that can prove to be extremely beneficial for your online business. We hope you find them helpful. In case you find any new features worth considering, don’t forget to share it with us.

Auhtor Bio:

Emma Waston is a WordPress Deevloper by profession and writer by hobby. She works for Wordsuccor Ltd., which provides services to Convert HTML Site to WordPress theme. If you need to hire a WordPress Programmer you can connect with them on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

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