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Designing websites need not be ultra time-consuming. Nor should the literal and figurative burden be placed on its construction. With HTML5, you can do away with that and focus on what really matters most: your content, perched atop what is the lightest and well-designed websites of today.

In this age, the race to create lighter and faster loading (and ultimately, better) websites is the name of the game if you want to stay on top. Those who are determined to finish strong usually find that the best way to go about it is to use HTML5. Still, many others have not made the shift to this easier and lighter code system. While adoption is not at 100%, it pays to read up on a rundown of why HTML5 really is the way to go. Here are some advantages of using HTML5 to achieve the ultimate goal of building lighter and faster websites.

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Advantage 1: HTML5 allows for the creation of more accessible websites.

HTML5 is able to do this thanks to ARIA and semantics. Improved semantic tags allow screen readers to have an easier way of examining the HTML document, ultimately improving the experience of individuals that use them. Meanwhile, ARIA allows for the creation of key landmarks on your page, such as the footer, header, article navigation, etc. What was once previously overlooked has now been placed front and center, further validating the importance of such attributes.

Advantage 2: HTML5 includes video and audio support.

Heavy Flash Player and all of that are a thing of the past thanks to the <video> and <audio> tags that come with HTML5. With this, your media plays properly and in the least amount of time possible. This is because it treats the video and audio tags like an image, so there’s none of that embedding necessary.

Advantage 3: Things get lighter with Doctype.

Doctype is so easy and so simple it’s practically the best thing since sliced bread. You no longer have to endure cutting and pasting of excruciatingly long lines of text and messy head tags crammed with doctype attributes. All that’s left for you to do is to just type it out – and that’s it. What’s more, it also works very well with all browsers (including IE6).

Advantage 4: HTML5 really is all about cleaner code.

If simplicity, elegance, and efficiency of code are what it takes for you to be really happy, then HTML5 is out to make your coding dreams come true. It allows you to write codes (descriptive and semantic) very clearly as well as separates style and content from the meaning. In the past, it would take div’s for each and every chunk of content and then add a class or id for the description; now with HTML5’s tags coding your markup is done in a cleaner way and lets you organize your CSS much better.

Advantage 5: HTML5 is grounded on anything and everything mobile.

Because we’re browsing on our phones and tablets more often, websites that are lighter, faster, and have a penchant for maximizing screen real estate is really appreciated. HTML5 is all about mobile technology, given that it is the best tool used for developing apps and websites in a mobile format. This becomes especially highlighted with Adobe’s announcement that mobile Flash is dead/ Furthermore, mobile browsers have acquired full adoption of HTML5 – making it even easier to design and construct website counterparts for smaller and touch screen displays. Dubbed as Responsive Design, this new revolution includes neat meta tags for further optimizing mobile like full-screen browsing, expansive icons for the home screen, and viewport options for defining zoom setting as well as viewport widths.

In a nutshell, HTML5 aims to make your job of crafting websites so much easier and faster. With it, you can say goodbye to the age-old practice of slaving over laborious codes and figuring out how to add more room to an already overloaded (and glaringly messy) HTML website without crashing it down.