Looking back a few years, the Web wasn’t such an interesting platform at all. The evolution that the Web has gone through has been phenomenal, increasing the abilities of what one can do within the browser.
Right from Web Applications to Browser based applications, today’s standards like HTML5 have immensely increased the capabilities of the Web. Pack along with it, a powerful designing experience enabler like CSS3 and we have a great combination that powers today’s computing on the online world. Let’s take a quick look at all that we can do within a browser today? The list is quite long, but to take a look at a few interesting things: Send Files, Upload Videos, Sharing your Screen, Create Animations without any external tool and even connect to the Hardware of the Computer! And all of this requires no external software, hardware or configurations but just a neat HTML5 enabled browser.
Web Design has taken quite a steep turn too. With the capabilities of languages like CSS3 along with a touch of scripting can do, complex stuff today happens well within the boundaries of the browser. By complex, do remember that we’re talking things unto the possibilities of top-level verification algorithms and analytical data collection. And today, one doesn’t need Flash or Silverlight to create an animation with sounds within the browser, and attachments got easier too! One just needs to drag and drop the files right into the browser window to upload and send files. Well, to make things even more interesting, CSS3 even can be used to find out when the user scrolls down the page and display content accordingly with some nifty animations. These things, when implemented in the right way, can contribute to a great User Experience on the Web.
Though the convention still might say that Proprietary softwares for individual platforms cannot take over the Web, what we’re seeing today is a neat transition that is taking place step by step. The whole concept of Responsive Web Design is yet another interesting tangent to the Web. Designing a website and having it adjust itself for different resolutions in different devices, including portable devices such as Smartphones and Tablets has been a lot helpful. There have also been cases where Companies have not developed native Mobile Applications and instead, used responsive web applications that were developed using CSS3 and other Web Languages.
With such a powerful tool in hand, it’s been interesting to see how the world has been using it to empower and innovate on the Web. We’ve seen a lot of cool things being built using HTML5 and CSS3, and at the same time, businesses using these technologies to improvise their growth levels as well. Seeing the evolution that has happened over the years, it’s certain that there’s a lot more to come in the future and it would be interesting to see what the Web is made of, five years from now.