There’s a new buzz word going on around the web. Â It’s called HTML 5. Â And, unless you are a web designer, you probably haven’t heard anything about it. Â But, it is rapidly promising to be an amazing way to bring new and exciting things to the web.
Need some proof? Â Check out this link that showcases some of the coolest new features of HTML 5, created by the boys at 9Elements Design Studio: HTML 5 DEMO!
Now for many of you – about 32% of you to be exact (according to my Google Analytics) – you saw nothing except the “OH NO” warning.
Wonder why that is? Â Well, the simple answer is that Internet Explorer doesn’t yet support HTML 5 elements.
There’s a simple test out that tries to tell us how well any particular browser does at implementing the new HTML 5 standards. Â You can find this test at http://www.html5test.com. Â I recently went through the test with 6 browsers – 3 Mac and 3 PC. Â Here’s the results, starting with the best:
- GOOGLE CHROME for the Mac
As you can see, Google Chrome for the Mac scored 137 points out of a possible 160. Â A pretty good score.
- GOOGLE CHROME for the PC
Now the real question here is why Google Chrome for the Mac scored 137 but Google Chrome for the PC only scored 118? Â But, 118 was still good enough to snag second place
- SAFARI for Mac
Coming in just 5 points behind Google Chrome for the PC is Safari – Apple’s built in browser for the Mac. Â Still a pretty nice score!
- FIREFOX for PC and for MAC
Here we have a tie (the way I think we should). Â Bot Firefox for the PC and Firefox for the Mac scored exactly the same score – 101.
Now, before I move on to last place, notice the above score. Â All of them are above 100. Â In the grand scheme of things, this is a pretty good result for modern standards such as HTML 5.
But, now we have last place:
- Internet Explorer 8 for PC
A whopping 19!!!! You have got to be kidding me. Â This is the best that Microsoft could do? Â All the other browsers score over 100 and Internet Explorer – the most recent up to date version – scores only 19? Â Obviously something is very wrong here.
So, with all this information about browser scores and HTML 5 comes the obvious question – WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? Â Well, the answer is that HTML 5 is going to be the future of the internet and wether you are choosing a browser or, even more important, choosing a web developer, you want someone who is familiar with HTML 5 and can leverage all of its power for your site. Â You don’t want someone stuck with old, out-dated technologies designing your site using the same tools, the same tricks that were popular ten or even twenty years ago.
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