First HTML5 Web Page

Created my first HTML5 page today. See here » HTML5. Nothing fancy, but it does validate, and it's something I can use to test new features. For the last few years, I've been using » XHTML 1.0 Strict. HTML5 is TNBT (the next big thing) for the web.

HTML5 logoIE9 is currently in beta, but once it's officially released, HTML5 will take off in a big way (.. because the Microsoft browser has so much market share).

Along with CSS3, HTML5 will make working with web pages and creating web applications much easier.

If you haven't seen Apple's HTML5 site yet, check it out. Very cool. You'll need to install the Safari browser, tho.

Exciting stuff. HTML5 + CSS3 will be like » Web 1.0 .. the way the web should have started.

One big difference between HTML5 and other W3C specifications .. is that HTML5 is very OPEN. Anybody can join the WHATWG mailing list.

Anybody can submit suggestions & recommendations. And many have. Yet browser manufacturers have veto power, since a spec that's not implemented is pointless. This frustrates developers.

Anybody who creates web pages for a living will find this notice a big deal, titled » W3C Confirms May 2011 for HTML5 Last Call, Targets 2014 for HTML5 Standard. A great interview with the HTML5 HMFIC (editor, named Ian Hickson) is posted » here.

Check out some of these heavyweights on the WHATWG team:

  • Brendan Eich - the guy who invented Javascript
  • Hakon Wium Lie - the guy who invented CSS
  • David Hyatt - the architect of the Safari web browser & the Webkit engine that powers it.

So you shouldnt be surprised that HTML 5 will have Javascript playing a bigger part in the web of the future. HTML 5 will make Javascript's role more native, less like a plug-in.

Here's hoping that HTML5 will help Javacript run more efficiently, and keep it from making our CPUs run at 100% power when loading pages from sites that make heavy use of it.

If there's a loser with HTML 5, it will Flash video. The jury is still out, but it looks like Flash will be losing market share to HTML5 video.

HTML 5 is really about » backward-compatibility. XHTML 2.0 was a revolutionary design that broke backward compatibility. This is the main thing that folks didnt like about XHTML 2.0, and the major reason why HTML 5 ultimately triumphed. XHTML 2.0 would've "broke the web" .. or so the claim goes.

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Update - Feb 27, 2011 » I requested my library purchase this book by Remy & Bruce, which they did! I am reading it now. Very good so far. Surprisingly well written for a tech book.

I also requested they purchase the book by Jeremy, titled HTML5 for Web Designers .. but they said it was not in their supplier's supply chain (.. or something like that).

Drupal 7.0 was also released a week or two ago. Three years in the making. Looks very cool. I'm gonna install a copy and play with it for a while .. to see if it's really as cool as it looks. Maybe I'll wait for the first update. Impressive piece of software, Drupal.

Frontline released a new feature yesterday, titled » Are We Safer? (Only 20 mins.) Big Brother is watching. Our government spent a king's ransom (of your money) on surveillance technology, but it's doing little good. I haven't seen it yet, but most everything Frontline does is top-shelf journalism. Stuff you simply can't find anywhere else.

For more along these lines, here's a Google search preconfigured for the query » html5

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