8 Reasons to Gear Up For HTML5 Now
The W3C won't finalize the latest iteration of HTML until 2014, but there are plenty of reasons, from better video to cleaner code to improved user interaction, to incorporate HTML5 into current Web development projects.
Wed, June 13, 2012
CIO — As CIOs and IT managers, we are always dealing with evolving technologies. The enterprise world is constantly changing as well, and our workforce is dead set on going mobile. Why fight the tide?
Making Web Apps Behave Like Client Apps
HTML has long been the standard for building and deploying Web content. Now it appears that this technology is on its way to being the standard for building and deploying apps as well. The newest iteration represents a shift towards client-side Web development. Such a shift will benefit you for four reasons:
- Since HTML5 runs very well on all manner of devices, it offers cross-platform programming—which is huge for all of us overrun with BYOD requests.
- In addition, HTML5 was built with battery-powered tablets and smartphones in mind.
- Finally, HTML5 provides lighter, easier-to-read code than previous iterations.
Your mobile workforce and customers want to do everything they do on their desktop PCs on their smartphones and tablets—and HTML5 is the way to start manifesting that experience. With that in mind, let's take a look at eight HTML5 tips you should keep in mind as you build your websites and Web applications.
1. Video and Audio Integration
Flash is buggy, requires plug-ins, has frequent updates and gobbles up power on mobile devices. Steve Jobs let us know it, and Adobe rang the bell. Flash is going away on mobile devices—no more Embed or Object tags.
- Video: Used to render video content.
- Audio: Used to define sound content.
- Embed: Used to insert, or embed, some type of multimedia content.
- Track: Defines text tracks for video and audio tags.
- Canvas: Allows for rendering of games, graphs and other visual images on the fly.