2010 has been a watershed year for the next version of HTML, the markup language that all web pages are written in. The reason for the emerging popularity of HTML5 strikes at the heart of a company by the name of Adobe: interactivity. Adobe’s near ubiquitous Flash technology has been the default way to add interactivity to web pages since the dot com era. But in 2010, that began to change. HTML5 enables much the same type of functionality as Flash (and Microsoft’s Silverlight for that matter). Using HTML5,developers can add features like video, animations and drag-and-drop.
Another reason for the emergence of HTML5 is the Mobile Web. Using HTML5, mobile developers can create browser-based mobile sites that have a similar sophistication to native mobile apps. Let’s look back at the past year of HTML5 innovation…
Google: The Biggest Advocate of HTML5
Probably the biggest champion for HTML5 is Google, which has a huge financial incentive to ensure that HTML web pages continue to be the dominant way to access the Web (some argue that apps will soon rule the Web, instead of the browser). Google’s search and Adsense businesses rely a huge amount on HTML sticking around – and by extension, HTML5.
At the beginning of the year, Google showed off some impressivedemos utilizing HTML 5.
- A beautifully done HTML5 book from Google (blogs.adobe.com)
- Introducing HTML5 Video Player Widget on the Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser (digitalassetmanagement.org.uk)
- Google Shows Off HTML5 with “20 Things” (thechromesource.com)
- Script Junkie | Using HTML5’s New Semantic Tags Today (msdn.microsoft.com)