Leveraging HTML5 to take your e-learning (and m-learning) into the future

There is no doubt about it, HTML5 is the technology buzzword in e-learning today, but we’ve found many people are still trying to understand exactly what it is, and what it can do for you.

At dominKnow, we’ve always believed in providing the tools for authors to create dynamic and engaging e-learning and our authoring environment has always allowed for the creation of HTML content, using complementary technologies like JavaScript and CSS. With the emergence of new mobile platforms like Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and RIM’s new Blackberry operating system, learners now have the ability to carry advanced web browsers in their pockets, and we’ve leveraged the elements of the new HTML5 specification to provide a multimedia experience as rich as what can be found on the desktop.

So, what is HTML5?

HTML5 is the name used to refer to the current HTML standard. This standard defines many things, but at a high level it defines:

  • New markup elements: These are tags that are new to the syntax of HTML.
  • Deprecated and obsolete elements: These are tags that should not be used. Deprecated tags will cause a warning if a validation tool is used to verify the code, obsolete tags will cause code to fail validation completely.
  • Web Application APIs: These are the capabilities exposed by the browser to be scripted by content authors using JavaScript. These include the ability to manipulate and interact with the new HTML markup elements, as well as new browser capabilities. It is important to note that the standard does not lay down any specifications for the core JavaScript language, this is governed by the ECMAScript standard.
  • Microdata: This specifies a means for encoding machine-readable labels for the content of the document, which can be exposed in a variety of ways.

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