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The Need for HTML 5
SINCE ITS ORIGIN IN the late 1980s, HTML has undergone several major version upgrades. The development of HTML 5 actually began shortly after the HTML 4 release in the late 1990s. Around 2004, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) began working with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on the HTML 5 specification. Over the years that followed, the specification was influenced by the rapid growth of mobile technologies, capabilities such as geopositioning, and greater need for user interactivity. While this chapter introduces HTML 5, the chapters that follow examine ...