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  1. 1. Q&A: What is HTML5 and How Does it AffectWebsite Localization?This article was originally published on the Acclaro blog.Category: Websites,Localization Tips, Q&A1. What is HTML5?HTML5 is a major revision to HTML and XHTML, thestandard for structuring and presenting content on theInternet. It includes everything you see in your browser,such as text, images, multimedia, web apps, searchforms, and so on.2. How is it different from HTML and XHTML? Canvas — JavaScript to create web graphics Location API — Interface to location data from GPS or other sources Video Element — Easier to embed video on web pages AppCache — Allows websites to launch even while offline Web Workers — Background thread that speeds execution3. Why all the fuss?Many of these new features, like video playback and drag-and-drop, have been dependent onthird-party browser plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight and Google Gears. HTML5changes all of that. As an open source system, it supports open standards that exposeunderlying technologies, enabling integration, innovation and development of more complexsoftware and services.4. How does HTML5 affect website localization?HTML5 is a game-changer, however, it wont drastically alter the way that your translationpartner localizes your website. HTML5 is simply a revision of the "old" HTML and XHTML, andthus requires the same translation and localization skills used with previous versions.Page 1: Q&A: What is HTML5 and How Does it Affect Website Localization? Copyright © Acclaro 2012
  2. 2. It only affects the translators (and the engineers preprocessing/parsing the translatable textfrom the files) who are working on your project in the sense that they will need to be familiarwith the new tags and markups.5. Should I stick with HTML or XHTML, or move on to HTML5 if I want to take mywebsite global?Either will work just fine, however HTML5 may give you an edge when taking your websiteglobal for a few reasons, namely:Geolocation: Location-aware devices are important when targeting audiences abroad.Previously, geolocation was limited to a single providers API or browser tool. With HTML5,locations can be used to tailor search results and tag social media updates, among otherfunctions.Reach: If you want to make your website available to as many people as possible, it makessense to use a "write once, use everywhere" system like HTML5. And, because it does notrequire plug-ins, web users that do not install plug-ins will have the same viewing experience aseveryone else.Browsers: Flash and its brethren are notorious for causing browser memory leaks and crashes;HTML5 does not have that problem. However, not all browsers — namely Internet Explorer —support HTML5s features. If you plan on targeting countries like Germany, where Firefoxcommands a majority share, or Japan, where IE still rules but people are quick to adopt newtechnologies, HTML5 may be your best choice. In China, however, nearly 90% of the populationuses IE, with more than half on IE6! Check StatCounter for country-specific browser usage tosee what makes sense for your website.6. How else can HTML5 help me with my global website strategy?HTML5 enhances SEO, audio and video, and mobile functionalities. Read our fullarticle onHTML5 and learn more about this latest web markup language.About Acclaro: Acclaro is an international translation and localization company thathelps the world’s leading brands succeed across cultures. We specialize inwebsitetranslation, marketing campaigns, documents and software localization to give clientsan authentic voice in key language markets. North America: 1-866-468-5106 Worldwide: +1-914-468-0222 www.acclaro.comsales@acclaro.comPage 2: Q&A: What is HTML5 and How Does it Affect Website Localization? Copyright © Acclaro 2012

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