Why use HTML5 to design a website or an app?

We want to discuss the implications of HTML5 from a layman’s perspective, because most of the population, coders and web designers aside, doesn’t really care about the coding or the behind-the-scenes actions of HTML5.  Mostly, we just want to know how it will affect our experiences online.  As a brief history lesson, HTML5 became the industry standard for web and app design in December of 2012 by W3C.  HTML5 is a cooperation between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG).  If you’re not a coder or designer, none of that really matters.  Most of us just want to know, “Why will HTML5 benefit me and my business?”.

In short, HTML5 was designed to replace both HTML 4, XHTML, and the HTML DOM Level 2.  Say What?  Now for a more layman simple explanation:

It was specially designed to deliver rich content without the need for additional plugins. The current version delivers everything from animation to graphics, music to movies, and can also be used to build complicated web applications.  That sounds a little better.  Basically this is telling us, it will easier and faster to view images, video and even graphics and animation.  Essentially, it is also replacing the need for everyone to have a Flash Players and other 3rd party applications installed on all their browser devices to view these videos and other media content.  And that’s where much of the speed comes from.

What is HTML5

HTML5 is also cross-platform. It is designed to work whether you are using a PC, or a Tablet, a Smartphone, or a Smart TV.  You may have also heard the “Responsive, or Responsive Design” which basically means that your website, blog, or web app can be viewed from any device with a browser and appear virtually the same.  So if you have a new website designed, you will absolutely want your site to be responsive as more and more people are migrating away from their desktop computers in favor of their phones and tablets.  And now with the development of what are being called “Smart TVs”, where your TV set becomes your internet browser, you will want to offer a consistent appearance, user interface, and usability experience as more and more people are “cutting the cord”.  Cutting the Cord refers to people dropping their cable/satellite providers in favor of using the web for their TV and movie content.  You will no longer an external application to view streaming videos on Netflix for instance.

What about apps using HTML5?  InspireSmart created and updated their wildly successful iConnectPOS point of sale app using HTML5, so what does that mean for businesses using the iPad or iPhone POS App?  In addition to a more feature laden product, users will immediately see a faster app meaning you can generate reports faster, check out customers faster, and so on.  Speed is the main thing users will see when comparing similar POS Apps.

The web app version of iConnectPOS will also look and run better on any number of devices, browsers, and even offline.  The web app version of iConnectPOS will also be ready for any new devices you decide to switch to down the road.

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Hopefully, we haven’t muddied the waters any further about what HTML5 can do for us.  Mostly it is going to give every internet user a richer and faster online and offline experience.  From a developer’s perspective, we can create a more dynamic website or app for our clients, and significantly decrease development time.

If you have further questions about how HTML5 can benefit your new website design, your new app idea, or anything else, please contact the InspireSmart team at (303) 630-9402, or email us at info@InspireSmart.com.

For more information about our custom web design and development services or custom app development, check us out at www.InspireSmart.com

For more information about the iConnect Point of Sale system and app, go to www.iConnectPOS.com