by Jongwoo Y
Technology revolving around users and the internet has been constantly evolving over the past twenty years. It has finally gone through the crux of personal computers and evolved into the focus of the development of mobile applications found on many mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android. This trend has left the normal “web” in a state of danger as developers focus more on applications, which hide data from the web while taking select information from it (Lohr, 2012). Due to these circumstances, the web has been left in a state in which it is not being constantly updated as it’s mobile application counter-parts. Tim Berners Lee, the “father” of the internet, was recently quoted in december saying “The web as we know it is in danger, the web can be broken down into fragmented islands (Lohr, 2012).” With this statement, Lee is able to explain the dire situation that the web is in; however, with the push of HTML5 technology, the web may still be able to bounce back. Popular internet browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer have recently implemented HTML5 technology while Google’s Chrome has been the posterchild for HTML5 browser technology for ages now. Apple’s Safari browser has actually taken it a step forward and nearly replaced it’s flash functionality by embracing HTML5’s media player capabilities. Jeffrey Jaffe chief executive of the World Web Consortium, states that HTML5 is the “next big step of progress” for the internet. HTML5 will be able to allow browsers to run more apps with it’s rich technology and also help with the development of mobile applications due to it’s easier to code technology. Another thing that HTML5 will help is to get news organizations out to their customers in a more profitable fashion, without Apple as a middleman. Many web based developers have high expectations for the changes that HTML5 will bring and hope that it can revive the relatively dead “web”.
The web is currently in a dire state as it sees a lot of it’s user base being lead away to mobile applications. It is pretty shocking to see many of the top developers and even the creator himself describe the current health of the web. It will be an uphill battle for the web, as it is fighting a war with the rapidly developing mobile market. Hopefully with the open of arms of many different internet browser companies, HTML5 can effectively fix the problem at hand. A lot of this will rely on users becoming more accustomed to using browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, rather than default browsers such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. This is due to the fact that both Google and Mozilla are more willing to implement HTML5 compatibility to their browsers, which will help save the current dilemma that the web currently faces.
The article was very interesting as it was able to describe how the decline of the “web” was due to mobile applications. However, it was very vague in how HTML5 will actually cure the problem. I found it interesting how different the articles on websites such as the New York Times and other newspapers are very vague in going into the details of technological dilemmas compared to tech news websites such as eWeek, TechCrunch, and Wired which effectively describe the details of what the problem actually is and how it can be fixed. I believe this is due to the fact that many people that read newspapers would not enjoy reading about so much “tech” stuff that can be confusing for some of it’s readers. I found it hilarious as the quality of the article felt so much weaker than that of the tech websites that I frequently visit in order to complete these blogs. Hopefully the general public can continue to become more tech savvy in order to understand what these problems mean due to how large the internet is to our economy.
LOHR, S. (2011, March 26). New york times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/business/27unboxed.html?_r=1