Let’s take a quick look at HTML5’s growing popularity and why it remains the best way to perform an Internet speed test among other things.
HTML5 Adoption Rate Improving
The HTML5 standard has been in development since 2008. Various industry groups worked on finalizing the standard, which finally became official in October of last year. Despite its relatively recent “official” release date, most popular web browsers and many well-known websites have supported its major features over the past few years.
As HTML5 enters the technology mainstream, more developers are building apps using the technology. Its support for cross-platform browser-based deployment means you can run HTML5 apps on your desktop browser, your smartphone, and even your smart TV or Blu-ray player. YouTube recently deployed its own HTML5 desktop video player, and Netflix began transitioning its player to HTML5 two years ago, with a noticeable improvement in performance as a result.
On the Go? HTML5 is Your Only Option
When traveling and using your smartphone or tablet, any Flash-based website you’d normally visit simply won’t function correctly. Apple famously blocked Flash from all iOS devices since the platform’s beginning and Android followed suit in its later versions. In this case, HTML5 compatible websites are the only way to go.
When trying to check the Internet speed at a hotel or public WiFi spot, speed tests using HTML5 remain the way to go. Its cross-platform functionality offers hope for both web designers and Internet users that websites work seamlessly no matter if on the desktop, mobile device, or other web appliance.
No matter how you use your Internet service — streaming movies or TV shows, multi-player online gaming, digital music — HTML5 is now a significant part of your broadband usage, both at home and on the road. In short, HTML5’s future appears to be now.