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What is HTML5?

The newest iteration of the core Web language that drives the backbone of the Internet, HTML5 tells browsers how to display the text and graphical elements of websites. HTML5 makes it easier for the Web to deliver video and other media without the need for Adobe’s Flash. Many developers are reworking sites so their content will appear on the iPad and other mobile devices. Invisible to most users, HTML code adheres to standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The previous standard was HTML 4.01, and it had been more than ten years since the tags, definitions, and attributes of that standard were updated.

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A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.