HTML5 is just an update to the HTML language. Think of it as an update to any software program that is on your computer…
And then you’re all like: “Uh, not much. They pretty much do the same thing. But the newer version of Word has some new features, and they took away some of the features that I never used… like Clippy the talking paperclip.”
Me: “Exactly. HTML5 is just the same”.
So here’s what I’m saying… back in 1991 (when HTML was invented by Tim Berners-Lee) we had only a handful of HTML tags available. Such as:
<head> <title> <a> <p> <ul> <li> <strong>
As the Web evolved some elements were added to the language:
while others were removed because they were unnecessary (or because there became better ways to do the same with CSS):
- <font> (deprecated for CSS)
- <center> (deprecated for CSS)
- <blink> (deprecated for our sanity)
So when can I start using these tags? Now! Start using them now! HTML5 is “backwards compatible”: meaning that you can use the new tags (and doctype) immediately without worrying about breaking your older sites. And you don’t have to learn a completely new language to write HTML5.
So to summarize, all the stuff in HTML 4 that we love… also works in HTML5.
Check out some of the new tags added to the HTML5 language by looking over this nifty info graphic: HTML5 Readiness
And here’s a great video that sums it all up: