HTML5 is a mark-up language. There are a couple of new things in there which can do some visually exciting stuff, but not on their own. At it’s most basic, HTML5 is simply a way of telling a browser what stuff is in your document – the same as all previous versions of HTML. It does have some very nice, semantic elements to allow you to mark-up your document in a more sensible manner, but nothing intrinsically linked to the language itself to make a site any more interesting, visually.
I guess the buzz revolves mostly around two specific HTML5 elements – Video and Canvas. The Video element allows a web page to reference and play a video file directly without the use of additional browser plug-ins (like Flash). The Canvas element allows a scripted process to draw onto an area of a web page. These two things alone have probably fired up the most controversy, especially in terms of Steve Jobs recent rant aimed at Adobe, the makers of Flash.
Back to “Is this HTML5”