HTML 5 a possible Flash and Silverlight contender{1}

by Alejandro C
Summary: HTML 5 has been in use since 2008 and will further be developed for the next 5 years to become a true contender against Flash, Silverlight, and JavaFX. Though HTML 5 has quite some time to establish itself as a better alternative to these website add-ins it seems like it on the way to becoming a force to be reckoned with. The theory is that it could make the internet add-ins obsolete since all coding can be done within the HTML document and not have to rely on third party proprietary add-ins. HTML 5 had video tags within its code which are supported by current browsers to view video, allows local storage to computers, and supports AJAX navigation. An issue was brought up in that what if software developers give up on their product and website world-wide are using them for distinct features this will create a problem. Allowing one solution, HTML 5, as a one-fit-all solutions it will end up working out better for users and developers. Many of Flash, Java, and Silverlight software developers feel that HTML 5 is still in a early stage and will take another 5-10 years before it fully matures and becomes a viable solution, these third party add-ins will need to be utilized and taken advantage of for the time being. That and they have already laid out most of the groundwork for video, storage, and image solutions on websites through their add-ins.

Reflection: I do see a need for one solid based solution for web development which does not have to rely on third party applications and developers to host certain objects or videos. HTML 5 looks to be closing on the gap to which Microsoft, Adobe, and Oracle have since filled with its proprietary solutions. I would like to see a time where such add-ins will just be a part of a standard set of programming and not have to be installed on client machines. All they would need is a browser and no additional software to go to websites they visit they most. To me this makes the most sense it looks as if HTML 5 is trying to accomplish this. I know for a fact that when flash, java, and silverlight are needed to view a page it start to become a nuisance and  gets a bit frustrating when you have to install a few different things just to view one item on a web page.

From the article it looks as if Firefox and Chrome browsers are already trying to develop some kind of plan to come up with a viable solution to help accomplish this. It just makes the most sense to have an open solution in the works for users to feel more comfortable and not hassled when going onto webpages. The web does seem to be going in the right direction with HTML 5 and CSS3. I feel that within the next 5 years or so most add-ins will be eliminated and all that will need to be installed is a browser and all the work will already be done on the server/host end.


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