HTML 5 The Plug-in Killer?

by Jorge R
The topic of my article is to explain the advantages of HTML 5 vs. Flash and Silverlight. HTML 5 is the newest web coding language which has revolutionized web development. With this advancement, people have speculated that there will be no need for additional plug-ins such as “…Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX”. HTML 5 is geared towards web applications which are a new concept that competes with plug-ins. What make it so unique is the vast array of capabilities that cover video and graphics on the web. The article also explains that due to its vast capabilities, companies such as Apple, Google and Mozilla are supporting HTML 5 to better improve their websites. HTML 5 will allow companies to improve and expand on their website capabilities. Due to high popularity HTML 5 has been implemented to the top web browser for video tags, HTML 5 is starting to breakaway and become the new standard for web development. While Adobe, Microsoft and Oracle battle with their own technology to provide the best multimedia support on the web, HTML 5 is making strides to faze them all out. It is also trying to implement the same equivalent functions without the need of additional software. HTML 5 is still a new technology with a lot of room to expand and improve. It will still take years for the programming language to be fully implemented. Until then plug-in companies need to figure out ways to improve and keep their software beneficial for users to keep on using. The argument that people place when making HTML 5 the standard is keeping the only method or form to just that one method. If developers stop supporting it or using it we will be stuck as users.

This article is closely related to Wednesday‘s lecture, explaining how Apple does not support Flash plug-ins in their products. A way to satisfy users and keep true to their word is to implement and support HTML 5. As a new method of web development HTML 5 has a lot of room to grow and expand. Plug-in companies need to find a way to keep their software beneficial for users to still be in the market for web applications/development. I can see why there is wide concern about having one company take full support of web development, but the advantages out weight the cons of not doing it. Having new software to implement graphic and user interface without the need of additional plug-ins is a win for both sides of the market.

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6 thoughts on “HTML 5 The Plug-in Killer?”

  1. It’s really interesting how HTML 5 is actually taking a large control of the market. After reading a similar article last week, I also found out that Flash for mobile applications is going to cease their development all together later this year. Having only one method (HTML 5) is going to be interesting and there are going to be pros and cons if it actually does end up having a monopoly on the market.

  2. This new technology has been making a huge buzz and after reading your article I better understand the concept behind this technology. Personally I think it would be great if Cap Poly offered us a course to learn this new technology being that we are CIS/CS majors.

  3. Plugins are on the way out. It’s only a matter of time. This is pretty much a net positive since it results in less stuff that users have to deal with, and less stuff that developers have to spend time and effort planning for/around. It’s good to see large companies supporting a HTML5 in order to encourage quicker conversion, though I don’t really agree with the complete lack of support for Flash on Apple’s part because the consumer is the one who ends up getting the short straw in that situation.

  4. With the rise in the technology, it is so advance that it is hard for one to keep track of it due to the cost of learning it. It is true that if the knowledge is available for consumer they will be more prepared for the changes.

  5. People are always skeptics when it comes to something new. But I think that HTML5 is a great thing for companies and since it is new it will continue to grow. Plug-ins are going to become obsolete and I’m really interested in seeing what companies are going to try and do to keep their customers interested in plug-ins.

  6. Great article. I think HTML5 is going to be a great for the internet. I know i personally hate that every time i turn on my computer i have a new adobe update or when i go on a website i have to download a different media player. The fact the HTML5 will eliminate the need for plug-ins is great. I do agree that it will take time for everyone to accept it and for it to be fully implemented but i feel like it will be a good thing when it is.

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