HTML5: Standards Are Only Half the Battle

Date: October 22, 2010
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Introduction

HTML5 has drawn critical-mass vendor support as the emerging web standard. It changes the classic "rich versus reach" decision in designing web apps. HTML5 will support richness, but varying browser implementations and support for greater richness will preserve a role for proprietary frameworks and native programming. HTML5's first beachhead will be smart mobile device platforms.

Features and benefits
  • Will guide web developers on choice of RIA development platform strategy.
  • Forecasts the role of HTML5 and its impact on mobile development platform rivals Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft.
Highlights

HTML5 will become one of the most successful upgrades of the HTML standard and a supporting player in the battle for dominance of m-commerce. Mobile devices will embrace HTML5 long before the desktop; Flash and Silverlight will not become obsolete overnight, as desktop refreshes will lag those of mobile.HTML5 will not end fragmentation of mobile device runtimes. It will support more rudimentary use cases, with native, Flash, Java, and Silverlight competing for runtimes that require high richness.The real battle will not be over runtime, but which players dominate higher value-added functions such as Digital Rights Management and access to digital marketplaces

Your key questions answered
  • How will HTML5 affect functionality for rendering and deploying RIA that previously required proprietary frameworks, third-party tools, and plug-ins?

SUMMARY

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Key messages

THE SUCCESSION

HTML5’s first opportunity is in mobile
Quick reality check: what is HTML5?
HTML5 will prompt major RIA platform shifts
HTML5 is at the tip of the m-commerce iceberg
Apple’s grudge match with Adobe is all about control
Adobe is not exactly playing dead
Smarter mobile devices will rationalize but not fully consolidate the runtimes
Rich versus reach is more important to developers than ever
The Oracle-Google sideshow

HTML5 IS NO PANACEA

Overview
Highly politicized heritage
HTML 2.0 sets baseline and sows seeds for chaos
HTML 3.0 was stillborn
HTML 4.x defined the modern web, detours notwithstanding
XHTML and the roots of HTML5
Don’t take the 2020 date seriously
Key features
RIA functions are hot
However, there is still plenty out of scope

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