The World Wide Web has come a long way since its inception in the early ’90s. From sharing simple text documents between Cern scientists, its been developed into the biggest communication tool, media outlet and social community the world has ever seen.
During this time, the web’s governing body; the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been in the background, quietly guiding it through each new revolutionary phase.
This year, the W3C are due to standardise a new version of the Web’s base language; HTML. Sounds boring doesn’t it?! Well it isn’t. This update will replace the current version which has been the standard since 1999. It will not only include all the things we now associate with the web: text, images, video and sound, but allow web designers to display them in more exciting, beautiful and user-friendly ways.
This new way of presenting websites is called HTML5 and its not just on its way, its already here. Media giants like Apple and Youtube have already converted, boasting a better web experience for users. However, to access these online gems, you need a browser which can view them. Moreover, when the W3C finally release HTML5 and you’re still using an old browser, you’ll be left behind as many websites will convert to the new code.
The answer? Find a browser which accommodates HTML5. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or Safari. The beautiful thing with these browsers is; with each new update, they become faster, more spacious and easier to use, making browsing the web a more pleasant experience.