All over the Internet among web developers, there has been a burning debate since the arrival of HTML5 – is HTML5 as good as it seems to be or is it just an HTML standard which has been hyped greatly. There is a lot of false information going around about this web language and most people do not even understand what exactly HTML5 is. However, it is a fact that a lot is being expected out of this technology as it is being considered as the best HTML standard till now. This technology has definitely provided its users with great new features and advantages – even Drupal 8 will be focusing greatly on it – but HTML5 has its bad side too and this hasn’t gone out of the question. This is the reason for the never ending debate that involves this web language and in this case, knowing both the advantages and the disadvantages is the only way to come to a conclusion.
What Exactly Is HTML5?
To know if HTML5 holds any future, knowing what exactly it is, is important. This developer version of HTML includes added options such as the
<video>, <audio> and the <canvas> elements and facilitates integration of multimedia. Other added elements include <section>, <article>, <header> and <nav> which increase the semantic value.
It also includes the SVG integration.
HTML5: The Future Language?
Regardless of the criticisms it has faced, this language has definitely increased the advantages of its users. With this technology, the old ‘embed’ code has been replaced by first order elements. It also lets the developer make changes in the apps that are created based on this language and also makes sure that the app looks and works in the same way on every device without any change in the language settings. The simplified linking also facilitates a better user experience and it is a great option for websites that increase constant updates in their programs. Also, this technology has been able to successfully replace the Flash, which makes it a development to reckon with.
HTML5 is being favored by a number of clients because it encourages open sharing and accessible accounts. This allows the users to get more recent versions of the program as regular updates are not needed and the app or the program will update itself. Because of these advantages, a number of web based app developers which earlier needed constant update and approval from various app stores, are opting for this language. All these reasons provide a strong ground for this technology to make its mark in the web world. However, this great technology has its loopholes too and it doesn’t go well with each and every developer’s requirement. This calls for a look at the criticisms that are being faced by HTML5.
HTML5: Temporary Success?
Despite the great claims and the advantages that HTML5 offers, there are a number of grounds on which this language lags behind and fails to incorporate every apps’ and developer’s requirement of a web language. The openness and the easy sharing options make this language, a risk for sensitive programs. When it comes to mobile devices, the technology has definitely been considered as a bad option as it doesn’t have a very high speed and fails to work through the phone directly. The need to have an Internet connection to run the apps which are based on this language, add to its disadvantages. In comparison to this, native apps which run without the Internet have scored better on the score cards as they are a much better option for the mobile users. The programs’ incompatibility with Internet browsers like Internet Explorer seems to be a matter of concern as it could affect the businesses of many developers whose work depend on it.
Till the time HTML5 catches up with the native apps, the former will continue to remain the underachiever and will not be chosen by a niche of customers that deal with mobile apps. For now, developers are still waiting for the promises to be realized and are contemplating an early adoption of this program. The lack of audience and the development team’s current incapability of overcoming hurdles remains a matter of concern for the clients right now and only the future will be able to decide if this language is here to stay.
About the author:
Rohit Singhal is an online marketer working with PixelCrayons. PixelCrayons converts your design files from various common image formats into best quality cross-browser compatible W3C validated XHTML/CSS markup. Check html.pixelcrayons.com for our PSD to CSS and PSD to HTML services.