I have to learn HTML5. Not because it has taken over the web, but due to the nature of the project I’m working on. I’m currently creating the webpage for a start-up video production company, Divine Divination Studios. One of the coolest features if HTML5 is the ability to embed video into the HTML coded webpage and this is exactly what they want, particularly because it does not require Flash to view the video and thus is iPhone and iPad compatible.
When I first started learning HTML six years ago I found the ability to code and make a webpage look the way I wanted it to be fascinating. Then over time I lost a bit of interest as I did not have many pages to work with until the redesign of the Unitrans schedules for certain routes had me dabbling in ColdFusion to create dynamic timetables. Unfortunately ColdFusion requires access to a server that has it installed in order to view the finished product. HTML5 is offering me so many different and cool tings I can do with the tools I have. It has me excited about coding webpages again. And given my current state of employment, if I can become proficient enough at it in a short amount of time I will probably make myself quite a bit more marketable in the process.