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Ok, so what have I been up to? Well since 2006 I’ve been kinda laid up with health problems so I haven’t been able to do as much on the web as I wanted to. But last year I did take some more classes and learned some new things. Things we learned? Well we started with learning more scripting, like javascript, along with some php. After that jumped into some Dhtml, along with a touch of Ajax, and last but not least finished up with HTML5 and XHTML5.

A few other things I did when I was laid up was make a few web sites for some friends of mine. They were for some friends of theirs that passed away. I did them for free, hosted them myself. They were small, just some nice words about them, a slide show, and a memory book along with it so people could sign it if they wanted too, they could leave their kind words and memories about that person. It was kinda weird, I did the first one, then got asked to do the next one, then the next one. But I figured it was the least I could do. Put my web design skills to use for my friends.

You know a lot of people have been asking me what is this HTML5 they’ve been hearing about? Well it came out around 2009 to start with, so not that new? Just hasn’t caught on until now. Back in the late 80’s and in the early to mid 90’s, web pages were in their infancy. The language to make them started with Html, and went quickly through Html1,2,3 and 4 by the end of the 90’s. By 98′ the internet was growing SO fast that the W3C, the people who govern the web decided the language that the web designers were using needed to be upgraded too. HTML as it was had run it’s course, they couldn’t do anything more to upgrade it. So they told the web designers out there to learn the new language that would be the standard from now on, XHTML along with CSS, (Cascading Style Sheets). XHTML is like HTML, but the XML version, and is a lot more strict! The regular HTML allowed for a lot of mistakes, a lot of BAD coding. So a lot of people got into the practice of coding their pages badly.

Most web designers like me embraced the new language we had to learn. But some didn’t want to learn it, so they bought editors out there to make their web sites for them instead of learning XHTML and CSS. Now CSS3 is the standard along with XHTML.

So, Since 2009 there’s been an explosion of people who view the internet with smaller devices, like smartphones, and tablets. And here’s where it gets a bit tricky. If we want to put audio or video on a web site we were still using the old HTML coding. The thing is, it’s hard to get the music or audio and video to work with all browsers out there? Mainly Mac users, especially the ones that are using iphones, ipods, or ipads. From the late 90’s, through the 2000’s video has been primarily put on a website using “Flash”. Like “Youtube” for example, probably the biggest site in the world that uses video on it’s site. And web designers can do a lot of other things with flash too. Like flash banners, flash intro’s to sites, and sometimes build whole sites using flash.

But Mac users have a problem with this, “Apple” refuses to install the plugins and write software needed for it’s devices to play flash? Flash will actually make iphones, ipods, and ipads crash if you try installing it on them? They say they won’t write software so their devices will play flash because flash is “Owned” by “Adobe”, instead of being offered free, or “Opened sourced”. Personally, I think it’s “BS”, if every other browser in the world plays flash, then they should just break down, write the software so their devices will play it like everybody else. Apple uses ITunes to sell their music, they say it’s open source, but if you buy music from them it comes it a m4p format, or mp4 which pretty much only can be used by iTunes or their devices? So their doing EXACTLY the same thing, but calling Adobe out and NOT installing flash on their devices? But that’s JMO of course.

So now web designers have to learn some new codes so audio and video will play on all devices. And all the other people who BUILD PC’s have to make their software compatible with the new coding? The coding isn’t that hard, it’s actually pretty simple compared to what it used to be. But it doesn’t work the same? The controls look way different, and some of the video controls look different too. But they work when implemented right. And there is a way to embed the old code into the new code so older PC users can see and use them if they want too.

Youtube has switched over to HTML5 as have pretty much all the other sites that use video on their sites. Pretty much all of the smaller units like cellphones and tablets now accept the HTML5 coding to view video on their devices now, and listen to music.

The other thing that HTML5 does really well, is make websites compatible with mobile devices. HTML5 is now being accepted by all the major smartphones and tablets. There are 2 ways to make your site “Mobile Device Compatible” using HTML5. You can use what’s called a “Redirect Script”, or a “Responsive Website”. A redirect script will redirect mobile devices from your “Normal” or “Regular” website, to your “Mobile Friendly” website. A responsive website uses “Media Screens” to change or adjust the size of your website to any screen size that is viewing it.

Google, Bing, or none of the other major search engines will say exactly how a web designer should make their website mobile friendly. If you ask a person that uses a redirect script, they will say that’s the best way, if you ask a person making responsive websites, he will say that’s the best way. The only thing the search engines do say is that if you use a redirect script, you should always provide a link back to the pc version. The big companies like, Ebay, Amazon, Wikipedia, Banking sites, or food chains all use redirect scripts. I’ve made websites both ways and both have done great in search engines. So it’s up to you how exactly you want your website built.

So that’s the simple explanation of HTML5 in a nutshell. I’ve converted this site over to HTML5, and made this site mobile compatible. I’ve also went back and made all the business sites I’ve made mobile compatible, free of charge of course. The new site I’ve just made for a client was made using HTML5. I’m actually finding the coding a lot more simple without having to worry about all the closing tags? The coding is going a lot faster in other words. All values have to be absolute though, no % when it comes to certain things where I used to use them except if it’s responsive. But I can live with that. But I’ll ask the people I build web sites for if they want the coding to be changed to the new HTML5 coding and just how they want their site built.