New trends in web technologies have made high performing, fully functional web applications a reality. The days of stand-alone desktop applications are long gone, and there’s no longer the requirement for users to download bulky software.
Inexperienced users routinely get confused between web development and web design, and that’s understandable because of the fine line separating them. Both functions are equally important to a successful website, so we’re going to unpack the terms for you to create a deeper understanding of each.
Do you remember the days of Internet Explorer? That blue "E" on the task bar was the ubiquitous symbol for Internet connectivity. For many of us, it seemed like the only option for browsing the wonderful world of the web. Of course, most of us have left behind this naive idea that only one browser is capable of effectively delivering content to our computers and mobile devices, and this trend is reflected in recent statistics complied by NetMarketShare.
With sales of mobile devices on the rise, it is no wonder that use of programming languages--like HTML5--designed to be compatible with these devices are becoming more popular. One of the biggest and most notable strengths of HTML5 is its ability to embed movies directly into code, eliminating the need for third party software like Flash, which is not compatible with Apple products.
HTML5 is the next major revision of HTML. The last major revision, HTML4, has been a W3C Recommendation since 1997. The HTML5 draft was started in 2004. Development of HTML5 has fallen a bit behind and is still in the Working Draft stage. It should have been in the Candidate Recommendation stage by the end of 2010, but it is has now been pushed back to 2012. It is not even expected to reach W3C Recommendation until 2022 or later.
Google made an announcement today through email that Internet Explorer 6 is no longer going to be supported. This is a fantastic first step and it's great that a giant such as Google is making the first step for us all to follow forcing Microsoft to phase out their Internet Explorer 6 on different machines. Thanks, Google! Read the press release below: