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Is your browser ready for HTML5?

Before you can answer this question, you need to know what HTML5 actually is. In its simplest form, HTML (which stands for HyperText Markup Language) is basically a language used to create webpages with. Since it was first publicly available back in 1991, HTML has grown and evolved through different versions. The current version is 4 which has been around since the late 1990s.

HTML5 is the newest version and while the specification is not fully completed yet, much of it is already finished and being implemented in browsers. One of the biggest changes to HTML5 is it reduces the need for other plug-ins such as Flash and Silverlight. It is also supposed to be bringing drag and drop support.

A look at the current browsers shows Google Chrome and Apple Safari with the biggest support for HTML5. This is followed by the upcoming Firefox 3.7 (which is now going to be Firefox 4.0) and Opera 10. Rounding out the bottom are the main versions of Internet Explorer (7, 8 and 9).

You can see a chart that depicts what HTML5 features each browser supports here.

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