(HTML Version 5) The next-generation of HTML from the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG). HTML5 is designed to provide a comprehensive application development platform for Web pages that eliminates the need to install third-party browser plug-ins such as Java and Flash. HTML5 provides support for 2D graphics (see canvas element), document editing, drag and drop, browser history management, video playback and local file storage.|
HTML5 consolidates and formalizes existing coding methods; for example, certain layout tags are no longer permitted in the body of a page, requiring them to be defined in a CSS style sheet.
HTML5 and XHTML5
To ensure compatibility, both HTML5 and XHTML5 are being developed in parallel. The first draft of HTML5 was released from the W3C in early 2008, while the final standard is expected in 2012. Parts of HTML5 are already included in Web browsers. See HTML and Cascading Style Sheets.