The evolution of smartphone technology has spurred on a change in the way websites and the virtual world work, from the core elements in building these websites to the final appearance and usability to the end user. The development of HTML5 hasn’t been an immediate one, and there is still a long road ahead before the resulting website experience is a smooth one, but this new technology holds many potential and real benefits which can be fully realized with even the simplest websites hosted personal and commercial web hosting solutions..
Recently in the news, popular indie rock band Arcade Fire released “We Used To Wait”, with a new approach to creating a web-based music video. The project included a customizable series of enhanced videos that collate themselves on the screen at different timed intervals during the accompanying song, and a chance for viewers to watch Google Street View images of the place they grew up as a child. All of the footage is displayed using the latest HTML5 technology in the Google Chrome web browser, and gives viewers a glance at just a few of the vast possibilities with HTML5technology and their hosted website.
Up until the launch of the first waves of HTML5 and Google Chrome, website developers have relied on Flash, and other slow-loading tools to embed media in their websites. The result is often disappointing, with a lack of cross-browser support, navigational issues for site visitors and problems in playback. Flash is also limited in its supporting handsets, notably in the iPhone and iPad collection, where users get no support for Flash at all. A website could avoid these problems by having simple HTML5 code written into the script that allows the user to display video and other media without using troubled Flash plugins.
Updating a website to utilize the benefits of HTML5 is as simple as the user demands it to be. Embedding a video using HTML5 is as simple as copy and pasting a section of code into a portion of the existing information in the code files of the website, and other tasks that require a little more time and effort are well-supported across the web with an abundance of free tutorials and help forums. Getting to knowHTML5 could see the website in question improving in accessibility, media playback and even offline storage.
Now all we need are all the browsers to catch up with supporting the new HTML standards.