It’s tough for a layman to get excited about a change in browser-code specifications, but what the switchover to HTML5 means is few plugins, more audio and video, better graphics, crisper text, and faster-loading pages.
This is what the Apple website says:
These web standards are open, reliable, highly secure, and efficient. They allow web designers and developers to create advanced graphics, typography, animations, and transitions. Standards aren’t add-ons to the web. They are the web. And you can start using them today.
HTML5 is backed by Microsoft, Google, Apple, and virtually every other major player in the digital sphere, both on desktops and on mobile devices. The only exception is Adobe, whose Flash format is at risk due to the switchover.
Is the dominance of HTML5 inevitable? Not necessarily, there are other technologies that challenge the spec. But it is better and that should count for something.
J. David Eisenberg via A List Apart