appendTo Web Developer survey reveals top HTML5 features planned for projects in the next 6 months
“The key to understanding HTML5 is that it is not one, but a group of technologies. Within HTML5, developers have a tremendous amount of choice regarding what they use and what they don’t use”, said Mike Hostetler, co-founder and CEO of appendTo, “The key to using HTML5 efficiently is understanding each of these technologies and how they work together.”
Developers who responded to the survey stated that beyond the new HTML5 Semantics, implementing HTML5 Local Storage and HTML5 Multimedia capabilities were the most popular choices, closely followed by advanced graphics capabilities and 3D effects.
HTML5 Local Storage is a feature that allows a web site or web application to store data in your browser and make that data available when you return. It also allows the creation of offline applications, allowing developers to create a web software that feels more like desktop software.
HTML5 Multimedia adds support to play videos and listen to audio in a web browser without the use of Adobe Flash, a proprietary technology. HTML5 Multimedia is currently the only way to deliver web-based video content on iOS devices.
“Understanding these adoption trends is key to understanding where HTML5 is going and how it can be implemented within an organization” said Hostetler, “The trends reveal developer confidence in how ready the technologies are for prime time use.”
The power of HTML5 being ready for prime-time can be seen in Microsoft’s choice to utilize it in Windows 8, which will be announced at the Windows BUILD conference this week in Anaheim, CA. Windows 8 will feature native applications built with HTML5 technologies. Which HTML5 technologies Microsoft plans to leverage is expected to be revealed during the keynote address at the conference.