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Preface > Why HTML5?

Why HTML5?

A beginning developer might ask, “Why should I care about HTML5?” Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer to this question. Even the most advanced web developers will answer this question differently depending on the features they are most familiar with.

But overall, there are some common trends that span the feature set and on which most developers would agree. Before HTML5, the Web was not considered to be a rival to native desktop and mobile applications. Nearly since its inception, the Web has been considered to be an easily deployable, cross-platform solution. However, it has been hampered due to its lack of highly important business requirements: namely, performance, security, and graphics. The theory has been that if the modern web browser could mature as an application platform, developers would be able to stop creating platform-specific native applications.


  

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