HTML5, the emerging browser markup language that experts say represents a fundamental break with the past, is gaining ground rapidly, but not without some questions.
Cross-platform Web app development firm Sencha, which participated in Strategy Analytics' sixth annual developers' survey, said that HTML5 enjoys a 20 percent growth rate, according to the story on the study at eWeek. It has the highest growth among app development platforms.
At InformationWeek, Curtis Franklin offers a series of observations about life for developers and others in an HTML5 world. Apparently, it is difficult but not impossible to insert HTML5 elements into an HTML4 browser, though a new browser really is the way to go. And video will be easier to handle in the new world.
Franklin says that users of HTML5 browsers will enjoy added security; however, he doesn’t address the issues raised by Fudzilla. He also says we’ll benefit from a smoother experience. Developers have also had things a bit easier, since more elements in HTML5 are included in the core product that, in the past, had to be added through plug-ins and other add-ons.
Indeed, HTML5 is clearly attractive to developers, and at Bdaily, Michael Waugh outlined the highlights. They include cross-platform compatibility (the ability to write once for a number of operating systems), automated updates and constantly evolving functionality. HTML5 also facilitates hybrid apps that are part native (written for the device’s operating system) and part Web-based.