The New Wave: HTML 5{4}


by Jongwoo Y
Evans Data, a company that specializes in surveys, was able to recently discover that over 75% of web developers are using and prefer HTML 5. Even though this is common knowledge, it is surprising as HTML 5 standard is still a work in progress (Taft, 2012). The data that Evans was able to attain was surprising as 43% of NA users, 39% of European users, and more than 58% of Asian/Pacific users were already using HTML5 as their web development language of choice. The number was brought over 75% when “planned use” was taken into consideration (Taft, 2012). Evans’ CEO, Janel Garvin, went on to add that HTML5 is the obvious choice for many developers due to its strength for mobile and cross-platform applications. This statement is able to explain why HTML5 is so important; technology is moving towards mobile device synergy, which makes HTML5 even more appealing. HTML5’s popularity is growing exponentially. Microsoft has already committed with the new language by having their flagship programs, Windows 8 and Internet Explorer, both embrace the newer methodologies. Adobe, another power player in the Technology field, has announced that they will halt development of Flash for mobile browsers due to the popularity of HTML5 (Taft, 2012). With Adobe embracing HTML5, one must ask themselves if any company can try to come up with a good argument against the use of HTML5.

This article was very interesting in that it basically states that HTML is dying and that HTML5 is going to be the new power player for web development. I read some classmate’s blogs before I decided to write my own and they were able to find articles that were able to describe many of the benefits of switching to HTML5 from normal HTML; these differences were substantial and seemed to be a lot more user friendly (LESS HEADACHES!). HTML5 is able to bridge the gap between mobile development for people that enjoy using their phones and other mobile devices with traditional web development for people that enjoy using their computers at their work or for pleasure at their homes. It is amazing how well HTML5 fits with today’s technology needs while also bringing more efficiency and ease of use in one package.

I really hope that in this class we learn about HTML5 rather than just plain old HTML. With the way the industry is leaning towards HTML5, I believe that it will be more beneficial to us as students to learn this language rather than the older one, especially if we plan on becoming web developers after our schooling at Cal Poly Pomona. During my last quarter, I was able to learn the basics of HTML through my CIS231 class. I felt that it limited my creativity for web design, and that it was too hard to use if you wanted to give a website a customized feel. However, with the new features of HTML5, I believe that I will not be running into these types of problems.

 

Taft, D. K. (2012, January 01). eweek. Retrieved from http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Application-Development/75-of-Developers-Using-HTML5-Survey-508096/