The buzz: The road to HTML5 implementation and standardization

Jack Vaughan

This article can also be found in the Premium Editorial Download "Business Information: Social business, collaboration take the enterprise into uncharted waters."

Download it now to read this article plus other related content.

In the early 1990s, HTML quickly became the leading markup language for creating webpages. But after the release of a 4.01 version in 1999, the HTML standard hit a dead end. The World Wide Web Consortium shifted focus to an XML-based offshoot called XHTML -- until 2008, when an HTML5

    Requires Free Membership to View

revision started percolating. HTML5 won't become an official standard until next year, but implementations are already in wide use.

For more on HTML5

HTML5 rescues mobile applications

A new wave of Web programming methods with HTML5

Test your HTML5 knowledge

The buzz: HTML5 supports cross-platform development of user interfaces for PCs and mobile devices. It also can enliven Web-based applications with built-in audio and video elements and support for multiple two-dimensional graphics formats. Proponents say HTML5 implementation could usher in an era of rich Internet applications that, say, let business analysts drag and drop data components to personalize dashboards -- or enable data scientists to navigate 3-D data models using devices as small as wrist PCs.

The reality: Universal adoption by developers may be a long time in coming. A generation of business applications won't be rewritten overnight, and many mobile developers will continue to build native apps to take best advantage of device features. HTML5's smooth voyage to standardization isn't assured, either. In October, brouhaha broke out over whether it should support digital rights management technology favored by some large Internet companies but scorned by champions of an open Web.

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: