Web development is a broad terminology used to describe the work involved in creating websites and web-based applications that rely on the internet (or an intranet). Activities within web development involves a wide-range of disciplines; from graphical design, network security, content creation, server and database architecture, application design and beyond. 

These wide-ranging disciplines all intersect in one place: a markup (“code”). HTML5, or HyperText Markup Language, is at the core of structuring the internet in order to present content online. When you access a website, your browser reads that HTML5 markup and relays it into human-readable content.

Developed by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web, HTML5 was released October 28th, 2014 and is currently undergoing a working draft (5.1). It *only* took nearly 2 decades (HTML4 was standardized in 1997) to move from HTML4 to HTML5, haha. HTML5 introduces markup and application programming interfaces (APIs) for complex web applications. 

W3C states that the HTML5 specification is the “5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In this version, new features are introduced to help Web application authors, new elements are introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention has been given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability.”

In other words – the internet will be brought together through the HTML5 standard. From browsers on your desktops and laptops, to applications installed, to browsers on your smartphone and beyond! 

HTML5 includes a truly powerful application programming interface (API) in which you reap the benefits from daily, if you visit pretty much any website.