HTML 5 is perhaps one of the most important developments in web design since CSS took off as widespread use for design elements. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been released yet for public use.
When HTML 5 is released to the public, it will be a great new tool for web designers. Most of us will have to unlearn some things and relearn some things. One area of web design that will be affected immensely – and, I might add, for the positive – is in the area of video embedding.
Currently, if you want to embed a video on your website you have some limitations in design preferences. No. 1, you likely have to accept the height and width requirements established by services like YouTube. Changing those dimensions for a video hosted off site and that you want to appear on your site may cause some technical difficulties, particularly if you do not use the proper coding syntax.
HTML 5 offers a simple way to embed video onto any website. It provides a video tag, which HTML 4 (the current incarnation of HTML) does not provide. The tag will be a standard design element must like the img src tag is now.
It is important to note that a website visitor cannot currently watch a video on any site without first downloading a browser plugin. HTML 5 will make such plugins obsolete. You’ll be able to watch a video in any browser without a plugin and you’ll likely be able to watch them from your cell phone, iPad or other handheld device without a plugin or app as well. HTML 5 and your browser will do all the work.
There are other reasons to like HTML 5. You can learn more about HTML 5 and keep an eye on its developments through the World Wide Web Consortium. I, for one, am looking forward to its release.