The practice of web development is based upon using a variety of technical languages to 'write' or 'code' sites online. Developers study for years to get a good grasp of these languages so that they are able to build the amazing effects you see on modern websites. Understandably, then, when a new mark-up language is released it is usually surrounded by a considerable amount of both hype and trepidation from web development professionals.
HTML5, or Hyper Text Markup Language version 5, is the latest in a line of web development languages created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), since 1990. HTML5 is still officially under development, but many online development projects have started taking advantage of all that the new language offers.
HTML5 is in many ways a response to the changing nature of development solutions for website; it has been designed to work consistently across multiple platforms, it is user friendly and supports all the latest forms of multimedia. A particularly useful feature of HTML5 is the various new syntactical and semantic elements which simplify the development process and standardise the coding of websites.
The primary resource for learning more about using HTML5 in website development is the W3C specifications publication. This document outlines how HTML5 is especially designed for easier development of apps as well as giving instructions on how to use the new syntactical structures and elements.