Is HTML 5 Real?

I found a link to HTML5 demos through Twitter. I lost track of the original link to whoever posted it on Twitter.

The post says:

So you’ve heard all rumors about HTML5 would take over Adobe Flash. While most web community argues that it’s possible or not, you must be wandering what makes HTML5 so powerful that even giant company Apple wants to use it to replace Flash.

So, does this mean HTML5 is all about making graphical presentations and not about new and useful code which can be used in other ways? This is what I would like to know. Sure, I’d like to see less Flash and other things which have been run on plugins for years, but – is there a practical use for HTML 5? I don’t see fancy visuals as something we really need more of. (However pretty or fascinating, they can only add so much to the content).

Wikipedia says:

HTML5 is currently being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the World Wide Web. HTML5 is the proposed next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML. It aims to reduce the need for proprietary plug-in-based rich internet application (RIA) technologies such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight[citation needed]. In common usage, HTML5 may also refer to the additional use of CSS3, as both technologies are under development in parallel.

So it looks like HTML 5 is going to be the new standard for HTML. Won’t that cause a lot of change in software and the publishing of new books. How quick will you be to find out about changes to HTML code? I think I will let it work itself out in software before I start looking into it very much. After all, it’s been quite a while since I last typed in any HTML beyond the basics like adding a link to something. I am still interested to read about the changes and I will be really glad to have websites that can load without hanging on plugins.

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