HTML has come a long way since its invention in the 1990s, but until recently has not supported video content. This is the reason that its newest incarnation, HTML5, is being received with huge enthusiasm by many business and web designers, as this is no longer the case, and video is now supported natively by HTML code.
There will therefore be much less chance of coming across empty black holes in the middle of webpages, and the requirement to download a plug-in when trying to access embedded video will be reduced. According to application develops like Kevin Sweeney, who works for video hosting site Vimeo, the need for these applications could potentially be eliminated altogether.
“We’ve needed to rely on third parties like Adobe Flash or Quicktime and had to embed this inside web pages. What HTML5 will do is remove them from the equation so this stuff is supported natively”, he explains.
Users of devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch will be principle benefiters of HTML5’s video hosting functions, as Flash is not enabled on any of the iOS platforms.
It seems like HTML5 is already quickly becoming integrated into web design on a huge scale, with a lot of companies choosing not wait for the HTML5 specs to be finalised and accepted. Many web designers are now using early “unofficial” versions of the code to deliver a webpage with complete video content to all of their visitors.