Utilised for the structuring and the presentation of content on the World Wide Web, HTML5 has taken the technology behind the Internet by storm. HTML5 is a response to the observation that the HTML and XHTML have in common including features introduced by specifications.
It may be defined as an updated version of the language HTML, which features new elements, attributes, and behaviours. Additionally, it enables the construction of more diverse and powerful Web sites and applications. It was created with the main aim of working on low-powered devices such as smartphones and tablets.
HTML5 started to be developed by the WHAT Working Group, with members from Apple, Mozilla and Opera Software, in 2004. It was then in 2006 that the World Wide Web Consortium also collaborated in the development. This was followed by the publication of the first version of HTML5 in 2008, with experts claiming that HTML5 will never be absolutely “finished” due to its evolving nature.
As HTML5 was evolving, several big players in the technological sphere started to experiment with it, including Chrome, Amazon and Twitter, so much so that as of September 2011, 34% of top 100 sites were using HTML5. Soon after, Adobe, Flickr and LinkedIn also joined in this revolution.
With all the successes which HTML5 has seen throughout the years, it is bound to become stronger and stronger in the years to come. In fact, experts believe that as of January 2013, over one billion HTML5- compatible smartphones will have been sold.
Not only has HTML5 become one of the most standard languages used on the internet but it has also come a long way since its humble origins in 2004, as briefly underlined above. Created by wix this guide provides an excellent overview on the history behind HTML5, step by step: