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HTML5 is the latest incarnation of the standards that make the web work today. It began all the way back in 1980 with Tim Berners-Lee and the birth of the modern Internet as we know it. Berners-Lee proposed a hypertext system, and ended up creating the first version of HTML (the Hyper Text Markup Language) by 1990. In 1991 the first 20 elements were released, and began to form the standardisation of Internet pages that still continues today (13 of them still exist in HTML4).

It wasn’t clear how much of a widespread influence this would have on the online world for several years, but the continued adoption by millions of online users meant that by the mid-1990s it was the only standard that mattered. From there on it has been developed and continually revised, with more and more elements added and tweaked.

2010 saw the latest big jump in the online standard, with the first draft of HTML5. This brought about the amazing ‘canvas’ feature, which allows a whole host of interactivity. This has been jumped upon and heralded by many as the replacement for the ailing Flash, but how far has it come in the past 2 years?

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