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HTML5: What’s New?

Early versions of HTML were relatively simple document markup languages. They allowed documents to be linked and referenced, and they provided semantics for structuring the content to support a small range of browsers and platforms. This variety of content ranged from the likes of data tables to content providing interaction via simple links (which is really the heart of the Web) to form controls, as well as some very simple media—implemented a la embedded graphics.

But that was really it. These items formed the basis of the abilities of earlier HTML markup languages. Clever people then worked out ways of compressing audio and video by using plugins such as Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime for the Maccies, or RealPlayer for PC heads (and indeed what plugin fun all that was). These technologies enabled the Web to be used as a platform for rich media like animated content and video.


  

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