In previous generations of the Web, text and simple images were the only things that were supported by the HTML language. Later, web browsers supported images and other content through the use of plugins such as Java and Flash. Then came the latest version of HTML—HTML5, which is backwards compatible with the older standards. This means it is compatible with older software and/or hardware and does not require any additional modification. On the developer end, HTML5 provides a more simple and efficient way to code. On the user end, fewer system resources such as the Central Processing Unit (CPU) are needed since fewer plugins are required. Other advantages of HTML5 over older HTML versions include:
- Audio and video are integrated.
- There is no need for the user to constantly update browsers with newer plugins.
- Because there are fewer plugins, the file sizes are smaller, and web pages download quicker.
While HTML5 deals with the layout of a website, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a separate file used alongside the website’s HTML code by front end developers to configure the appearance of a website. CSS offers developers many advantages over using HTML. A major concern in front end web development is making a website adaptable across many web browsers and devices such as mobile phones and tablets. CSS allows code in HTML to be optimized for different screen sizes, browsers, and devices. Also, instead of going through numerous lines of code in HTML, CSS is a quick way to change fonts, colors, and background styles. Although CSS allows front end developers to manipulate the overall look of a website, it is not to be confused with designing. Front end developers are more of a bridge between designers and back end developers, translating design into code and applying data from the back end into the proper places (theodinproject.com).
A website is a portal for your company and its products or services. It provides crucial information about the company and helps to build the brand. The website developer is a key behind-the-scenes marketing partner helping to ensure that prospective and current customers have the best experience possible while engaging in the company’s brand.
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“Introduction to the Front End.” theodinproject.com. 12 October 2016. Web.
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