Better semanticsNow it is much easier to find out which parts on a page are the headers, footers, nav, aside, and so on, as there are specific tags for all of these. By using the elements of HTML5, the semantic value of web pages can be increased as the codes are quite standardized.
Geo-locationThe APIs of HTML5 make location, whether through GPS or some other kinds of methods, directly available to any browser based app that is compatible with HTML 5. For instance, there’s Google Latitude for iPhone. This is purely a web application and not a platform-dependant iPhone app.
Client-side databaseHTML5 gets you a new SQL-based database API, in which data can be stored locally, that is client side. You get fully structured and defined database storage, which allows developers to save structured client-side data with the help of a real SQL database. However, it is not a permanent database, but allows you to store structured data on a temporary basis. This data can be used to support web apps, and when the client is disconnected for a small span of time. This database can be used for storing shopping cart items or emails for an online shopping portal.
Improved code/ cleaner markupWith HTML5 web designers can use much cleaner and neater codes. Div tags can now be removed to be replaced with semantic HTML5 elements.
ConsistencyHaving HTML5 elements in website-codes creates a sense of consistency in terms of coding. Thus, developers can now understand the structure of a webpage in a much better and clear way.
Smarter formsHTML 5 can get you improved forms with enhancements in search boxes, text inputs, etc., and provides better control for focusing, validating data, and interaction with other elements on the page.
Enhanced accessibilityHTML5 helps different technologies elaborate on their features. This happens because they can make a more detailed study of the structure of the page by checking out the HTML5 elements in it.
Thread-like operationWeb Workers is a tool with which background threads can be spawned for pacing up the processing of browser application. With API, developers can make background workers run scripts simultaneously with the main page script. This enables faster thread-like processing with coordination through the mechanisms of message-passing.
Sharper focus on the requirements of web appsOne of the main aims of HTML5 is to simplify search wikis, front ends, real-time chat, discussion boards, drag-and-drop tools, and other modern web elements into a website, and have them function much efficiently. These were only some of the benefits that HTML5 has gifted to the world of web development. Use it to know more about it.
Author’s bio: Ketty Jefferson is an experienced HTML developer. Today, she is a successful freelancer who has worked for several well-known IT companies. Visit her blog to learn more about HTML and its uses.