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December 2013, Volume 1, Number 6

The buzz: The road to HTML5 implementation and standardization

In the early 1990s, HTML quickly became the leading markup language for creating webpages. But after the release of a 4.01 version in 1999, the HTML standard hit a dead end. The World Wide Web Consortium shifted focus to an XML-based offshoot called XHTML -- until 2008, when an HTML5 revision started percolating. HTML5 won't become an official standard until next year, but implementations are already in wide use. For more on HTML5 HTML5 rescues mobile applications A new wave of Web programming methods with HTML5 Test your HTML5 knowledge The buzz: HTML5 supports cross-platform development of user interfaces for PCs and mobile devices. It also can enliven Web-based applications with built-in audio and video elements and support for multiple two-dimensional graphics formats. Proponents say HTML5 implementation could usher in an era of rich Internet applications that, say, let business analysts drag and drop data components to personalize dashboards -- or enable data scientists to navigate 3-D data models using devices as small as ...

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