HTML5 and why you want to use it

HTML5 is everywhere. Beside Buzzwords like Foursquare, Facebook Connect and Apps, there is HTML5 nearly everywhere right now. Especially since Apple refuses to put Flash on their mobile devices. Just to give you a small overview about how big Apple is today.

The iOS Platform is running on the following devices:

– iPhone – 33.750.000 sold
– iPod touch – 20.000.000 sold
– iPad – 3.000.000 sold

Makes a total of 56.750.000 devices out there.

Nearly 57 Million devices that are able to show interactive content, but not Flash.

Flash was introduced 2006. This was 14 years ago. In the beginning it was just big and slow, but within the time it got faster and highspeed connections became affordable.
Like every technology out there it got improved with the time. Features like Streaming and XML where build into it.

But, also HTML was growing. If I remember the first days and the really ugly pages back then, the web today has completely turned. After a couple of years CSS got introduced. Today CSS is everywhere. And it is in version 3. JavaScript came after a couple of years, got extended with Ajax. Today, it is everywhere. HTML4/XHTML is already a couple of years old, now the next version is out there.
These are just examples.

Let’s come straigt to the point. If you want to show interactive content, if you want to be on all these devices then there is no way around HTML5. Beside that, HTML5 nearly supports all the functionality you have in Flash. Or lets say it this way, most of the features are there in HTML5. It is more lightweight, it is fast and it runs on 60 Million extra devices.

Actually I am quite impressed what you can do today with HTML5.

Here are some examples of Apple and Google on HTML5ROCKS.com.

There is a good map about browser compatibility on focus.com. It’s worth seeing it.

I don’t think Flash is dead. I just believe that you can do a lot with combining technology. Use the right technology, at the right time, for the right product!

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