How does html5 differ from its predecessor?

HTML5HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) is one of the first coding languages developed for the web and is used to develop online scripts. HTML5, as what the name implies, is the fifth revision of HTML. The purpose of this article is to discuss how HTML5 differs from HTML4.


While HTML4 has been standardised given that it has been being used for more than ten years now, the same can’t be said about HTML5; experts consider this to still be a work in progress. If you decide to use HTML5, you’re opening yourself up to potential future updates; you may have to add and/or modify several elements and attributes to stabilise your website. Of course, this will largely depend on the amount of rich elements you use. Experts say to “play with HTML5” and “build with HTML4”.

HTML5 offers more flexibility. Although HTML is not as consistent as HTML4, it is considered to be very important tool for developers who are designing websites that are meant to be viewed on other devices aside from a traditional computer, such as tablets and smartphones. The ability to deliver a portion of the device’s control program offers developers more flexibility.

Perhaps, the most notable difference between the two languages is their ability to identify the type of information that is included in a page. A HTML page will usually contain large collection elements, which are often identified using class or id attributes. This function allows the matching of CSS styles to the data for presentation purposes. HTML, on the other hand, provides standard elements allowing web page to have the same specifications across different websites.

If you’re looking for a reliable framework that is based on HTML5, consider Bootstrap, Boilerplate and our personal favorite; Foundation. You can find out more on these frameworks via the following blog posts ‘What’s the Best Front-end Framework?‘, ‘Boilerplate – The Web’s Most Popular Front-end Template‘ and ‘Foundation: The Most Advanced Responsive Front-end Framework in the World

Building a professional website requires more than just passion and having a specific goal; it also requires technical knowledge and expertise. If you need a website but don’t have the skills to work with HTML5 or HTML4, get in touch and I’ll do the legwork for you. For visually appealing, professional, and responsive website, please email me at and be sure to follow Ignition Media on Facebook or Google+ for all the latest in website design and SEO.

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