Question:

What were some of the key goals and motivations for the HTML5 specification?

Answer:

HTML5 was designed to replace both HTML 4, XHTML, and the HTML DOM Level 2.

Major goals of the HTML specification were to:

  • Deliver rich content (graphics, movies, etc.) without the need for additional plugins (e.g., Flash).
  • Provide better semantic support for web page structure through the introduction of new structural element tags.
  • Provide a stricter parsing standard to simplify error handling, ensure more consistent cross-browser behavior, and simplify backward compatibility with documents written to older standards.
  • Provide better cross-platform support (i.e., to work well whether running on a PC, Tablet, or Smartphone).

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