The Future of HTML5 on the World Wide Web

HTML is the standard for how Internet content is presented in a web browser, with HTML5 being the latest version of the language. Some of its new features include the displaying of video and animated content (using JavaScript) — essentially the same thing provided by the proprietary Flash plug-in over the last decade. Flash’s problems, most notably related to security and poor performance on mobile devices, are well documented, and HTML5 offers a solution to these issues and more.

HTLM5 and its future

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.