HTML is the official language of the Web, and by extension, the cloud. It’s been through several iterations and the current one, the most popular by far, is HTML4. However, we are beginning to make the transition to HTML5.

Officially, HTML5 is still a work in progress. Earlier this year it was expected that W3C would give its recommendation to the Web community to start using the new protocol. That hasn’t happened yet, but it could come any day now. Many Web developers have started using it anyway.

If you feel like the time has come for you to migrate to the next level of HTML, then I encourage you to go ahead and give it a try. Any bugs you run into can be fixed later when the W3C does finally offer its recommendation.

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There are several things I like about HTML5. First, it has a protocol for embedding video directly into a web page without the need for third-party applications like Flash and QuickTime. HTML5 also will cut down on extra code as it appears to be much cleaner, not to mention that many page design elements are incorporated into the code, which will also lower your dependency on CSS.

As the Web improves, so too will its programming languages. You can learn more about HTML5 from W3C.