July 10th, 2017

Switch To HTML5: Give more power to your videos & website

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Wondering what is HTML 5? It is a newer version of HTML. Remember what was HTML? Basically, it defines the structure of the web pages (including this web page). Your web browser reads the HTML code and displays the attractive contents of this page.

HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language, you might have already read this somewhere before. Any idea how many versions of HTML have been released till date? Well, HTML5 is the sixth and the latest version. It was released in October 2014. It is designed to enhance your web browsing experience. You must have seen web browsing evolve rapidly. Sharing photos, live streaming videos, watching TV online, using smartphones for browsing and chatting…all this was no where during the late 90’s. In 2017, you cannot even imagine your life without these things. So, you have HTML5 to make your experience smoother.

When you invest in a video and give your best to reach your target audience, you want them to watch it. What if they have to deal with crashed third party plugin or a plugin not enabled on some devices/browsers? All this can lead to a poor user experience and make them skip the video altogether. HTML5 videos will soon become the standard way to display videos on the web. Moreover, you can now make responsive videos for your viewers.

With HTML5, you can make changes to a video while watching it, like adjusting the size, changing the scale, rotating it etc. That’s a great deal of flexibility! Pairing HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 can give you custom controls, unique transformations and other special effects. Design your own controls that match the look and feel of your website. Add play, pause or mute controller to your videos.

We are sure that you hate creating boring websites (so do we!). Use the <canvas> tag to make dynamic websites. Add a lot of interactions to keep your visitors engaged. Want your visitors to love your website even more? Visit this page and see what one can do with HTML5 to enhance the aesthetics of your website. HTML5 also brings to you some useful APIs like:

  • Drag and Drop (DnD)
  • Offline storage database
  • Browser history management
  • document editing
  • Timed media playback

You must have seen some websites with video backgrounds. If not, have a look at this website. So why not make your website even more attractive with some background videos? Wondering how a video in HTML5 looks like on the web page? Have a look.

Gone are the times when you had to struggles with <embed> and <object> tags and a hell lot of parameters. The new HTML5 brings to you the <video> and <audio> tags. Now your code can get as simple as <video src=”url” width=”640px” height=”380px” autoplay/>. You can even create a 3D video player using HTML5 and WebGL.

Mobiles phones have redefined internet browsing and there is no turning back now. A large number of audience prefer to watch your videos on their smartphones. With the introduction of meta tags like Viewport, Full-screen browsing and Home Screen Icons you can design your content specifically for mobile phones. Moreover, HTML5 is readily accepted by all mobile browsers.

Storing data in the user’s browser helps you keep a record of his/her details, history, preferences and load previous application state. Suddenly losing internet connection can annoy anyone. HTML5 provides local storage at the client side database. It promises better performance and more security. The data remains intact even after the browser is closed or the cookies are deleted by the user. Yes! HTML5 provides offline application cache, it will load the page the user had visited even when the user is temporarily offline. This would mean lesser load on the server and faster loading.

There is something for the coders as well as for those who have to read and understand those lengthy codes. HTML5 offers cleaner code. You can now get rid of div tags and replace them with semantic HTML5 elements. The new <section>, <article>, <header>, <footer>, <aside> and <nav> tags help you code your markup is a neat manner. This also keeps your CSS more organized. You’ve also got <!DOCTYPE html> to make coding even simpler. Another good news it that it works in every browser.

All you designers out there! You can do a lot more with the forms. HTML5 offers more types of inputs and different fields for different purposes. So, you can now enhance the user interface and create more fancy forms! You also get new geolocation APIs that make location directly available to any HTML5-compatible browser-based application.

Have you not started using HTML5 yet? Well, now you have all the reasons to do that. Embed videos, audio, high-quality drawings, charts, animation or any other rich content on your websites. It’s time to bid goodbye to cluttered code, plugins and third party programs. Go ahead and explore the long list of benefits HTML5 offers.

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