Dec 31 2012

HTML5 is feature complete. What’s next?

Until just a few days ago, the term “HTML5″ referred only to a draft specification. Now that the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications have been finalized, what does this mean for developers?

  • Developers can feel confident about offering HTML5 web apps and web sites. There is a clear definition of what features to target.
  • Developers can look forward to less and less browser fragmentation in the next few years.

To be honest, it is a smaller milestone than you might think. At the end of the day, it all lies in the hands of browser vendors and their ability to comply with the upcoming standard, due in 2014.

However, HTML5 is the only choice for cross-platform app development, and vendors realize this. HTML5 compliance and performance are the biggest weapons vendors have in the fight for marketshare.

HTML continues to move forward, though. Browser vendors continue to propose and implement new features, and the work on HTML5.1 is already under way.

1 Comment

  1. redMak

    I’m a mobile developer, all what i’ll say is about mobile. (sorry about my bad english)
    Yes, HTML5 is faster and more powerful, but i think that we are going to have the same problem with IE6, i mean that HTML5 specifications development become faster with mobile device, now webkit is dominating all other web engine and developer ignore the others.
    Yes it’s not the fault of HTML5 but this where we are going.

    And about the performance side, NOOO HTML5 is not the magic solution for cross-platform app, for now, nothing can beat a native code.

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