The noughties have been a good to the world of the web. Open standards and a philosophy of interoperability have led to widespread adoption of several languages which offer power without proprietary limits.
When it comes to tablets, traditional publishers have a dilemma: the numbers make it clear that the money is currently in native apps, but for publishers struggling to survive, giving up 30% of revenue to Apple, along with valuable subscriber data, is a tough pill to swallow.
So many publishers are trying to have their cake and eat it too. How? By building web apps that look and feel like native apps.
HTML5 is the future of the internet. At least that's the impression you might get from those who believe HTML5 will solve major challenges associated with everything from building cross-platform RIAs to mobile multimedia delivery.
But is HTML5 destined to be dead on arrival?
Adam Broitman will deliver one of the two keynotes at Econsultancy's upcoming Peer Summit in New York. We asked for a sneak peek at what he'll address in his talk, entitled "Beyond Digital Innovation: The Sedative Nature of Counting Screens." Following, his views on Internet Everywhere, why it's never going to be the Year of Mobile and the blurring lines between technology and humanity.
The Web is getting a makeover. HTML5, the not-yet-ratified update of digital media's standard language, is poised to become a game-changer for publishing, advertising, marketing, video, mobile platforms and search. The industry big guns: Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Apple, are all over the new format. While it may not yet be the moment to convert to this yet-embryonic platform, it certainly is time for anyone doing business on the Web to get up to speed on what HTML5 is, and why it may soon be changing digital media, commerce, publishing and advertising.
Flash is dead. Before long, HTML5 will take its place. That is, for a
growing number of developers and companies, the common wisdom.
But that doesn't mean that everyone is convinced that HTML5 is anywhere
near ready to take center stage. One of the skeptics: the BBC's Director
of Future Media & Technology, Erik Huggers.
Shut out of the iPhone/iPad ecosystem by Apple, Adobe declared that it would "try and make the best tools in the world for HTML5." Less than two weeks after that statement was made, Adobe appears to be attempting to follow through.
At the Google I/O conference, the company demonstrated its HTML5/CSS3 update pack for Dreamweaver CS5, the latest version of the Adobe Creative Suite's web development application.
HTML5 is coming, and a growing number of companies are trying to kick
the Flash habit, even if on a limited basis. The latest: popular online
document sharing service Scribd.
According to the startup's CTO, "We are scrapping three years of Flash
development and betting the company on HTML5 because we believe HTML5
is a dramatically better reading experience than Flash."
The iPad is on its way. Apple started accepting pre-orders earlier this month, but there are still many unanswered questions about what iPad will deliver in its final form.
One thing that almost certainly won't be present when the iPad ships: support for Adobe Flash. That has numerous raised questions about both the iPad and Flash. After all, if the device Apple is betting so big on doesn't support Flash, will publishers, who have seen Apple's success with the iPhone, be forced to adopt Flash alternatives in order to position themselves to cash in if the iPad achieves success of its own? Or is Apple simply fighting a fight it can't win?
The battle between Adobe Flash and HTML5 is a subject that looks like it will be receiving a lot of attention in 2010. That has a lot to do with the iPad, which, like the iPhone, isn't expected to support Flash.
Some believe HTML5 could kill off Flash (and for that matter Silverlight), others don't. Of course, the full HTML5 spec probably won't be finished for another decade, but the debate over HTML5 and its impact on Flash is heating up because subsets of it are available and being adopted.