For sure you have heard about HTML5 until now. Maybe you are not aware still, but HTML5 is already everywhere around us.
For beginning, take a look at experimental version of Youtube.
So, what is HTML5 exactly?
HTML5 is a markup language for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web, and is a core technology of the Internet.
Basically, HTML5 is a new version of the HTML. This new version brought many new possibilities for web development.
Some of the many new syntactic features are <video> and <audio>, which enable easily implementation of video and audio files on web pages.
Beside these new tags and possibilities, other major features are the ability to store offline data for Web applications and new interactivity features.
Of course, HTML5 recognizes that Web pages have a structure, so beside navigation, body, sidebar and others, more elements are added.
Also, as it's developed to help Web application developers as well, there are a lot of new features which allow them to create dynamic html pages easily.
To get some awareness of what can be done with HTML5, take a look at Mozilla demos and experiments with it.
Another good resource for big list of live HTML5 demos you can find here.
Impressive isn't it?
Of course, there is other part of story as well.
HTML5 is still not fully supported by all popular desktop browsers, but this situation is changing with every day.
There is even bigger problem with accessing HTML5 website features from mobile devices.
The best place to check which browsers are the best at the moment for use of HTML5, no matter you are interested in desktop, tablets or mobile devices, is html5test.
Ok, but what should normal Internet user know more about HTML5?
Well, it all depends. You can go into further exploration if you are interested, there's a lot of information and amazing online demos freely available.
One is for sure: Internet users will for sure benefit a lot from HTML5 in the future, probably even without realizing it.
P.S. If you are thinking what is the right choice for you and your business, between Mobile web applications and Mobile native applications, take a look at our guide Mobile web apps VS Mobile native apps