HTML5

HTML5 is the latest evolution of the standard that defines HTML. The term represents two different concepts:

  • It is a new version of the language HTML, with new elements, attributes, and behaviors,
  • and a larger set of technologies that allows more diverse and powerful Web sites and applications. This set is sometimes called HTML5 & friends and often shortened to just HTML5.

At Re-code Africa, our desire to stay top of Technology has enabled us to embrace HTML5 in our development.

Why HTML5?

HTML5 includes detailed processing models to encourage more interoperable implementations; it extends, improves and rationalizes the markup available for documents, and introduces markup and application programming interfaces (APIs) for complex web applications. For the same reasons, HTML5 is also a candidate for cross-platform mobile applications, because it includes features designed with low-powered devices in mind.

CSS3

CSS3 is the latest evolution of the Cascading Style Sheets language and aims at extending CSS2.1. It brings a lot of long-awaited novelties, like rounded corners, shadows, gradients, transitions or animations, as well as new layouts like multi-columns, flexible box or grid layouts. Experimental parts are vendor-prefixed and should either be avoided in production environments, or used with extreme caution as both their syntax and semantics can change in the future.

Why Use CSS3

At Re-code Africa, we have embraced CSS3 because of its strength in modern development. It lets you make the elements of a web page more dynamic; add life with a decorative touch. For example, before CSS3 to create rounded corners it was mandatory to make use of images and then write more code, both in CSS and HTML to align them as needed. But with introduction of CSS3, it is just a matter of 1-3 lines of code to provide rounded corners without ever using images. Hope this gives you an idea of the raw power behind CSS3.

The scope of CSS3 is not limited to just rounded corners. Many other features such as animations, drop shadows, bevel effects, multiple background, gradients, opacity, embedding custom web fonts, etc. are introduced that remove the need to use another piece of software to achieve the same effect. These features can now be achieved by writing very simple and small code in CSS3.