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HTML 5: Will It Mark The End of Flash & Silverlight?

HTML5 has brought a whole new revolution in the Web Application Development world. As an out-performer, HTML5 has surpassed the popularity rates of other plugin-based rich internet application(RIA) technologies such as Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Flash and Sun JavaFX. Unlike the previous incarnations of HTML, the HTML5 version acknowledges World Wide Web Consortium(W3C) standards when it comes to developing web applications. All in all, HTML5 is trying to fix all gaps prevalent in the web application development arena. Boasting the video and graphics capabilities, HTML5 has served itself as an excellent web technology for creating incredibly appealing web pages. This is a blog that helps you dig deeper into the popularity of HTML5 and finds an answer as to whether the same is posing as a threat to the well-known Flash and Silverlight.

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HTML5-Giving a stiff competition to single-vendor web solutions such as Flash, Silverlight and JavaFX

Unlike the problems associated with single-vendor web solutions, HTML5 serves as an excellent open platform for development of high-end web-based applications. With HTML5, you’ll not to have to worry about remaining stuck with a single software provider. Instead, you’re free to get in touch with as many vendors as you want. Also, being an open source platform, anyone can start working with HTML5 rightaway. Having said all that about HTML5, it’s not surprising to find website owners choosing PSD to HTML 5 conversion. It is this markup conversion that adds a new tint of elegance to a dull, boring web portal.

HTML5- Laying groundwork to have functionality that’s equivalent to the one offered by Flash and Silverlight

Implementing multimedia on the web has been one of the major concerns among individuals looking for creating a unique niche in the online world. While the industry biggies like Adobe, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems have been duking the implementation of multimedia on web, the very trendy HTML5 has showcased an incredible potential of offering web solutions that are based on specific industry standard.

HTML5- Adding fun element to web applications

In contrast to the dull and boring web applications built using the traditional Flash and Silverlight web technologies, HTML5 comes with features that add a whole new tint of fun to web applications.  HTML5′s built-in features like local storage, Canvas and Web Workers allow you to do a lot more in the web browser. While on one hand, Local storage enables you to work in a web browser in case of a connection drop; Web Workers on the other hand lets you build incredibly responsive “next generation” applications. All in all, web applications developed using HTML5 are much more faster and provide a brilliant user experience.

HTML5-Now universally supported on all major mobile devices

As compared to its competitor Flash, HTML5 is now being supported on all mobile devices, making it one of the best solutions for creating and deploying text in browsers across mobile operating systems. By bringing all the goodness of Flash into HTML5, Apple is making every possible effort to develop applications that run flawlessly on iPhones and iPads. Other key players in the HTML5 community include big names such as Google, Microsoft and RIM(Research In Motion).

HTML5- Currently supporting three video formats

Although Adobe programmers will continue using the same Adobe software development tools, the end product is finally going to be a HTML5 based video. Flash’s long-time rival Silverlight has already started losing its significance in the world of standard video formats. Currently, HTML5 is supporting three video formats including the ones mentioned below:

Ogg files with the Theora video codec and Vorbis audio codec

Google’s WebM files with VP8 video codec and Vorbis audio codec

MPEG4 Files with the H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec

HTML5 will definitely not make Flash/Silverlight disappear

With Flash and Silverlight not being two mutually exclusive technologies, there have been talks on why should one adopt HTML5? Well, as a brilliant open-standard successor to plug-ins, HTML5 offers benefits that allow you to scrap the existing code in the manner you want. Although HTML5 is compatible with a majority of web browsers, there are some like IE6, 7 and 8 which won’t be able to understand the video tag. It is here that the features of Flash and Silverlight will come under recognition.

Wrapping Up

Ultimately, you need to remember that IT is one of the fastest-moving sectors with technologies witnessing a rise and fall with each passing day. Thus, choosing a web technology purely depends on your customized requirements and you shouldn’t go wrong with it. HTML5 will continue playing catch-up for Flash and Silverlight, with more and more features getting added to its community.

Author Signature: Lucie Kruger is an app developer working with Mobiers Ltd. You can contact her in order to hire Android app developer to avail the highly functional mobile app solutions. She provides concrete information on latest technologies like iOS, Android mobile apps development.

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