Simply put HTML5 is a new version of HTML that looks to extend upon the original HTML model including aspects of XHTML and HTML 4.01 in order to support enhanced web features and future internet technologies as they arise. The progress of future capabilities of the current HTML specs is currently being overseen by the “web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), and the World Wide Web Consortium HTML Working Group (W3C). WHATWG is actually a collaborative effort among the internet community of developers, designers, browser vendors, and others currently involved or that take interest in its progress. Be sure to check out HTML: The Living Standard For more information and to find out how you can get involved.
The new HTML5 standards (although not yet officially a standard) extend the HTML tag base to include elements that carry more semantic value in terms of formatting content for the web. If you have worked with HTML in the past, the principals mainly remain the same, the differences today being the addition of better functionality for web applications and a new list of elements to help with the short falls of previous versions of HTML.
Feel free to check out our HTML5 tutorials following the links to the left. If you haven’t any prior experience with HTML, its best to start with learning the basics first and then coming back to this section when you are ready. You can find our standard HTML and XHTML tutorials Here