HTML's Extreme Makeover

It's not just starlets going under the knife. The venerable Hypertext Markup Language is getting a face lift, too. Hardly shocking, the now-decades-old HTML format is struggling to keep pace with innovation. After all, HTML was invented to structure and package documents, not Web applications.

HTML 5 aims to address the needs of the modern Web, with extensive support for programmatic interaction between content and the local computer. Among other novelties, HTML includes programmatic interfaces (APIs) to draw arbitrary graphics in the new canvas, find your position on the globe, cache code and data, and offload compute-intensive tasks to keep the interactive portion of the browser responsive.

With the advent of video and audio tags, HTML 5 obsolesces the most common uses of Adobe® Flash® and Microsoft® Silverlight™, too, freeing developers and consumers from those proprietary solutions.