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There are new standards for hypertext markup language in the works. (Translation: You know that gibberish that web designers type to make a web page happen? Well, that gibberish is going to be replaced with somewhat different gibberish.)

Geeky web designer types like us get ridiculously excited by all this. But if you’re not into web design, we can see why it might not top your list of things to think about.

Still, once HTML5 is completely in place, there will be some differences in how websites work, and that could be relevant to you, both because you’re the owner of a website and because you’re presumably a surfer of the world wide web. This article by Kevin Purdy does a nice job of laying out some of the features that will affect the average web user.

Here’s a recap of a few of the features the article highlights.


And when is this all happening? Some browsers actually allow some of the new features to work already. But according to this site, we’ve got awhile to wait until HTML5 takes over the web (Kinda, sorta).