Will HTML5 be the most important technology of this decade?
I am a technology "junky" and I suspect that most people who read my blog regularly or read an occasional blog post from a web search are the same. It is not easy to predict which currently used technologies will end up having a huge impact on human society, but it is fun to make educated guesses. As much as I have been enjoying programming in Scala and Clojure (and some Ruby and Java) I doubt that improvements in programming languages and development tools will profoundly impact society, the economy, and quality of life in general. I also don't think that new "gadget technology" will profoundly effect society, with a possible exception being very low cost smart phones in developing countries. As you can tell by the title of this article, my bet is that the semantic features of HTML5 will have a profound effect on society. I have several reasons for this bet: Semantic tags in HTML5 are minimal but sufficient for web analysis software to detect different typ