HTML5 LogoHTML5. If you haven't heard of it, perhaps you've seen the 50's superhero inspired logo (left) which is popping up all over? On May 18, 2011, Drupal creator, Dries Buytaert, announced that HTML5 is not only going to be one of the top five initiatives for Drupal 8, but that the default doctype for Drupal will switch from XHTML to HTML5. What's this mean to you, a Drupal dev or Drupul user? Let's find out.

1. First of All, What is HTML5?

A couple years ago, at Google I/O, HTML5 was described as a convergence of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Since then, it seems, CSS has wandered off to become it's own entity: “CSS 3”, while the HTML and JS elements are gelling into HTML5.

Basically, HTML5 allows website builders – or perhaps, “web builders” since with HTML5, a single site will become much more hooked into the larger World Wide Web network of sites, interfaces and functions – to embed and manipulate video and audio elements, as well as to draw and/or create graphics through scripts (or “code”), that they will then be able to animate, through scripts. The “hook” into the WWW comes through structural tags being added to the language. Tags like “

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