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HTML5 continues to be a good option for developers who need to build mobile applications quickly and implement them across multiple platforms. HTML5 app development is a convenient alternative to building native apps from scratch, and its updates to the language streamline the app building process even more.
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The newest version of HTML makes important strides in the audio and video arenas. Prior to HTML5, a browser required a plug-in such as Adobe Flash to play audio or video files, with no one standard to handle the different file types.
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In addition to plenty of other new elements, HTML5 includes new input types, such as those that add dates, times, colors or emails to form fields, and attributes for auto-completing form data or specifying whether an element, such as a text box, is active when the page loads. HTML5 also brings support for geolocation, drag-and-drop functionality, the WebSocket bidirectional API and many other features.
But it doesn't stop there. The HTML 5.1 update comes out later this year, and work has begun on HTML 5.2.
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