Flashy HTML 5

“Flash? Aren’t that those incredibly slow loading websites that don’t work on your iPad?” – “Jep.” – “But they look so nice and flashy! I want one! Isn’t there a way to make it load faster and display it on the iPad?” – “Surely! With the latest web technologies it is possible to create fast websites that are only limited by your imagination.”

HTML5 sounds hot. But what is HTML5 exactly? Allow me to start by making the blunt statement that HTML5 is a bloated term. In short, HTML5 is nothing more than a handful of new standards on top of regular HTML, nothing too special really. But since the term is so widely spread, HTML5 has become a term to indicate all kinds of techniques and standards, which are widely accepted to be best-practice among web designers and developers. In the broad sense HTML5 includes CSS3 techniques, responsive web design, popular javascript frameworks, up to even pure graphic design trends.

To round up, here’s a couple of concrete benefits of “HTML5”

  • The content on your website will be interpreted more correctly by search engines, hereby making your website appear higher in the search results of your potential customers.
  • Because of the widely accepted standards used, The content of your website can be viewed easily by RSS readers, or it can be used by apps, or any other program. On top of that your website can be easily redesigned if you would ever get tired of its design.
  • Thanks to the newest CSS3 techniques and constantly evolving Javascript frameworks like jQuery, it is now possible to create beautiful graphics and animations very quickly. Of course the full potential of HTML5 can only be viewed on modern browsers, but for older browsers the layout will degrade gracefully. In other words: Your customers with medieval browsers won’t see the nice animations, but the site will not break and still look nice without all the niftyness.