2 Reasons Why HTML 5 Should be in Web Designers’ Sights

Things have been pretty silent on the Web Standards front in the last year but I’m sure the noise level will by pickup by next year as the HTML 5 specification is gradually going to be implemented on browsers and other apps (particularly the trend-setting Google Wave).

Web designers who are serious in their crafts should definitely take a look at the HTML 5 spec as I see it to be a game-changing upgrade of skills for the web design-folk. If you’re a web designer, I have a couple reasons why HTML 5 should be in your radar:

  1. It will change your workflow – With new elements for tags, I’m sure it will take a lot of getting used to. If you coded <div>’s on your sleep, that will change in HTML 5 as more semantic tags like <section>, <article>, and <aside> are around. Also, you may be tasked to migrate HTML 4/XHTML 1.0-coded pages into HTML 5.
  2. It puts more emphasis on wider interaction mechanisms – I have to admin, designing for the “old” web is simpler as the interaction interface is primarily HTML forms. But if there’s anything we’ve seen in the last two years of web design, interaction has evolved and HTML 5 makes it more official. Free-form drawing via the <canvas> element, drag-and-drop, and active background processes mean some changes in the web design philosophies designers are used to.

HTML 5 is definitely a richer spec and would definitely make the Web a more immersive place. It’s now up to us, the people making websites, if we can make it happen for our end users.

  • http://www.e-commercephilippines.com Janette Toral

    Hi Regnard. Thanks for sharing this. When will this be deployed? I'll be upgrading my site and would want to transition it in time for this one.

  • http://www.raquedan.com regnard

    Hi Janette!

    As of the moment, new browsers (except IE) have adopted limited support for HTML 5. Opera and Firefox are the leading the way. My estimates that by next year, browsers will be hyping up the support for more HTML 5 elements.

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  • Garryhopkins

    Should be on the lookout for this.We have a lot of Web Designing at hand and if this speeds up our output then then this is the way to go.Thanks for writing this

  • http://www.1satelliteinternet.com/ rody @ Satellite Internet

    HTML5 is a technology developed by the WHATWG. HTML5 is not so much a replacement for the previous version as it is an upgrade or evolution. It aims for backwards compatibility and tries to remove undefined behavior in HTML 4.01 by defining it, and looks at the various browsers’ tags behavior to try to define the best solution that doesn’t break the web. The 2 reason for using HTML5 while designing web is very important as it will change your work flow and puts more emphasis on wider interaction mechanisms. Using these we can make our pages more interesting and attractive to the users.

  • http://www.1satelliteinternet.com/ rody @ Satellite Internet

    HTML5 is a technology developed by the WHATWG. HTML5 is not so much a replacement for the previous version as it is an upgrade or evolution. It aims for backwards compatibility and tries to remove undefined behavior in HTML 4.01 by defining it, and looks at the various browsers’ tags behavior to try to define the best solution that doesn’t break the web. The 2 reason for using HTML5 while designing web is very important as it will change your work flow and puts more emphasis on wider interaction mechanisms. Using these we can make our pages more interesting and attractive to the users.

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    I do think as well because it is far more flexible than any other HTML out there. I would use this one as well.