Browser compatibility means HTML5 is "not ready"

Browser compatibility means HTML5 is "not ready"

The new HTML5 standard is not yet ready for production, according to the World Wide Web Consortium.

The HTML5 standard has been described as not being ready for production by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the body responsible for developing it.

Ever since the new standard for browser webpage design was first formulated, it has been surrounded by hype and controversy.

Much of the excitement around HTML5 derived from expectations it would be able to to embed video playing capabilities across various browsers in the near future.

Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs was a great proponent of HTML5, allegedly because of his dislike of Adobe’s Flash video browser add-in. His resistance to the Adobe software was only recently eroded when he decided to give way to customer pressure and allow for Flash to work on Apple products.

Maybe that’s just as well because it appears that both Flash and the Microsoft Internet Explorer technology Silverlight will be with us for a few more years.

The W3C said that it will be two or three years before HTML5 is ready for full deployment. Philippe Le Hegaret, leader of the W3C Interaction Domain and responsible for HTML5 development, has been extensively quoted this week for admitting to video interoperability issues between browsers causing delays.

“I don’t think it’s ready for production yet. The real problem is: can we make it work across browsers? And, at the moment, that is not the case,” said Hegaret.


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