HTML 5: Not Quite Stable{1}

by Monica G
Almost a year ago, browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, etc started popping up with HTML 5 but the problem was that it was not quite as stable as many would like. Yes it has great features but the problem many saw was the fact that a lot of testing still had to be done for it to be considered standardized. It is not to say that people weren’t trying out the features but a “comprehensive test suite” had yet to be completed. At the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), it was announced that the charter for the HTML 5 Working Group would be extended, meaning that people would continue to have their comments about HTML 5. However, there are hopes that a solid standard will be formed by 2014. Some of neat aspects about the HTML 5 that were being considered were the “one web concept” and “its new font framework.” But there are some controversial matters such as the codec for video tags because the W3C would prefer to use codec, but other big hitters like Microsoft and Apple use H.264. The reasoning behind preferring codec is simple, no one owns it; therefore it would be open and adequate. The authors point was that HTML 5 has the ability to bring new and fascinating opportunities to many industries, as we have already seen with Apple, for instance.

The article relates to the class because we are learning about HTML. We will use this not only in class but in our careers and it’s nice to know what new things are coming out in the industry. Perhaps we may use HTML 5 in other classes or it may be brought up in an interview, but it never hurts to learn a little.

This article sparked my interest because everyone is talking about HTML 5, besides the classroom setting. Apple released its new use of HTML 5, which is pretty cool but my only question remains as to why not everyone is endorsing it. And this article somewhat answered this question. The article is almost a year old and I am sure much has changed but it’s always nice to go back from where it all started, at least for me.

Citation: Miller, M. J. (2011, February 15). HTML 5 on The Road to Standardization. Retrieved January 22, 2012, from PC Magazine: