HTML5 – A Viable Choice for Responsive Design
Simple SemanticsHTML5 has various syntactical and semantic elements that standardize the coding and make the entire development process easier. The simplified code reduces the messy code problems, lowering down the development time. HTML5 has lighter code, which makes it possible for the users to view web pages even on small devices.
User ExperienceIn a responsive web design, the layout, images, pages and many other elements are flexible which is perfectly handled by HTML5. As HTML5 has light and well-structured coding, the web pages load faster, giving users an alluring experience. It compresses the images and content for easy browsing across all devices, providing smooth navigation. HTML5 also enables web designers to create interactive and responsive sites by using various native APIs to enhance user-experience. HTML5 websites look aesthetically beautiful on desktops as well as Smartphone’s, giving an eye-pleasing and visual appeal to users.
Elegant FormsHTML5 supports forms on all the devices based on their screen sizes. For example, it is easier to fill forms on desktops and laptops due to their larger screen. HTML5 however makes forms more intuitive and elegant, like it can help users to choose a date by displaying a calendar for their convenience. HTML5 powered forms are also very user-friendly in Smartphone’s with the devices’ keypad automatically including some keys like ‘@’ and ‘.com’ that can assist in filling the form.
Multimedia ContentHTML5 is an extremely useful tool to embed audio, video or any other media files in your website directly into the code without using a third-party plugin or software. This helps in eliminating the use of Flash in websites as they take time to load on Smartphone’s. HTML5 offers several options for animations, thus allowing users to replace Flash with HTML5 for enhanced mobile compatibility.
Cross Browser CompatibilityThe performance of a responsive site also depends on its compatibility with various web browsers. HTML5 supports all the major web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera and Safari. HTML5 also offers ways to make the site compatible with older browsers. This amazing capability of HTML5 makes websites more intuitive, interactive and responsive across browsers.
Content PresentationThe presentation of content is equally important in websites when viewed in Smartphone’s. The readability of the content is drastically reduced due to smaller screens in Smartphone’s if the style of content presentation is same as the desktops or laptops. This is where HTML5 comes for rescue. HTML5 makes it possible to highlight some text, change text color, use different font size & style and display title in a distinguished way while browsing the site in Smartphone’s. HTML5’s semantic tags allow screen readers to easily access content, thus giving an improved experience to those who use them even on Smartphone’s.
Geo-location APIA website must determine the current location of the users for being responsive. HTML5’s Geolocation APIs are useful to capture the current location of the users in HTML5-compatible browser-based application. This makes it easier for websites to display the relevant content to the users for their convenience and keep them engaged.
About Disha Kakkad
Disha Kakkad is working with Silver Touch Technologies Ltd. as a Research Assistant. She is Professional, Vibrant and Vivacious, is passionate about writing & reads extensively. She loves to research and writes on various topics related to technology. She is an MBA grad and aims to continue writing informative, captivating and engaging content for her readers.