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How Html5 Will Shake ­p the Web

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HTML5, the next version of the markup language used to build Web pages, has attracted attention for its ability to show video inside a Web browser without using plug-ins, such as Adobe's Flash. But lesser-known features could ultimately have a much bigger impact on how users experience the Web.

Experts say that what HTML5 does behind the scenes—such as its network communications and browser storage features—could make pages load faster (particularly on sluggish mobile devices), make Web applications work more smoothly, and even enable browsers to read older Web pages more easily.

Many Web sites now act like desktop applications—Web-based office productivity suites and photo-editing tools, for example. But many of the sophisticated features of these sites depend on connections that developers create between different Web technologies, such as HTML, JavaScript, and cascading style sheets (CSS)—connections that don't always work perfectly. As a result, Web sites can be sluggish, may work differently from browser to browser, and can be vulnerable to security holes.

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