An Overview of HTML5{1}

by Alexander H
In August, Adobe surprised the Web development community by releasing a preview of software for building rich internet applications called “Edge”. Edge uses a newly emerging set of Web markup and programming standards based on HTML5. Adobe’s Flash multimedia platform has delivered interactivity, animations, and rich graphics to Web browsers for years. The functionality of the Flash application can be replicated with HTML5. Once it is fully supported in browsers, it could replace Flash altogether. This would then eliminate the need for plug-ins and costly authoring tools from Adobe and others. It has been backed by Apple, Facebook, and Google as well. Apple has considered removing Flash from iPhones and iPads, citing flakiness of the platform and using HTML5 as an alternative. “Facebook has set up a HTML5 resource center, in hopes that developers would use the technology to build mobile apps that can be accessed through Facebook” (Joab Jackson) Google is also using HTML5 to build the next generation of Gmail. One thing is known, HMTL5 is far from replacing Flash’s powerful legacy. There are still many improvements and updates to be made before it can replace Flash, as well as other plug-ins.

This article ties into our topic discussion this week regarding HTML5, as well other web applications. As mentioned in this week’s discussion, HTML5 allows for sites to directly embed media with simple HTML tags such as “” and “”. We also covered the ability to store offline data for Web apps and enabling the drag-and-drop feature for attaching files in Gmail. Web browsers such as Safari, both mobile and desktop, Google Chromes and Firefox 3.6 are some examples HTML5 supporters.

One important aspect regarding HTML5 that I came away with from the article was the fact that it has the potential to create a new and efficient way of replacing Web browser plug-ins and costly authoring tools. HTML5 has the ability to further create advancements in the way we view and share media on and off the web. I strongly believe that HTML5 will be an effective tool that will eventually replace the use of Flash and other plug-ins as well. Evidently, there are still many improvements that HTML5 must first go through before this can happen.

Adobe Flash vs. HTML5 (2011). PC WORLD, Joab Jackson. Retrieved April 15, 2012 from