Limits of HTML5{6}

by Jasmine C
There are many features associated with HTML5 that makes this version great.  However, nothing is always perfect and this week, my article discussed many limitations that are associated with HTML5.  11 limitations about HTML5 that the article discusses is that:  security is a nightmare, there is a limit on the local data storage, the local data can be manipulated, syncing offline apps is a headache, the cloud has no liability you, upgrades are not for everyone, there is no prioritization offered by web workers, format incompatibilities, browser dependence, politics, and challenges of hardware idiosyncracies.  The article provides a brief description of why these are limits and here is a summary of some.   Security is a problem because with client-side computing, users have control over the code on the machine and in effect, apps using HTML5 cannot be trusted with serious data collections (Wayner).  Synchronizing data can be a hassle because changes made when you are offline is not always going to be stored in the cloud, also the cloud is not liable to anyone when it comes to data because many web app clearly state that the data is not yours and so they can do whatever they please with it.  Upgrading doesn’t always benefit everyone because while some like not having worry about this upgrading business, there are others who do not want to new features that are associated with the upgrade.  Implementation of features are not always consistent with different browsers and this dependency on one browser poses a problem.  All in all, this article just goes to show that things will always have flaws but you just need to keep working hard to fix those problems.

In class, we just discussed HTML and I find this topic very interesting.  The codes that we need to use in order to create a page are somewhat of pain, however, it seems easy to learn and I  think that with practice we will be able to create a pages with no problem.  Even with these limitations, I believe HTML5 is going in a good direction because its features are still very sophisticated.  As we all know, Google Chrome supports HTML5 and my experience with HTML has been great, especially Gmail file attachments.  I can easily attach a file to an email message by dragging and dropping the file into my browser window. The <video> tag introduced is also beneficial because now videos can easily be inserted and played on a web page without requiring plugins.

Wayner, P. (2011). 11 hard truths about html5., n/a. Retrieved April 13,2012, from