We have all probably quite often come across news about HTML5′s development, its glorious ‘video’, ‘audio’ and ‘canvas’ elements, all the new API’s being incorporated in it, etc. Although the language is still being developed, seeing it mentioned plenty of times made me curious about how much its support has grown among two of the major players in the computer world – Microsoft and Apple, so I took a look.
Apple and their browser Safari definitely have HTML5′s back covered. On their official website they clearly state:
And indeed, promise well kept. As observed in an article by NetworkWorld, “iOS 5′s Safari beats all mobile browsers in HTML5 compatibility”. I think that this is an excellent, humbled response to the realization that they are inevitably going to lose from App store sales as cross-platform mobile development becomes easy. So they might as well get on board with it.
Personally, I hope that HTML5′s arrival will live up to the expectations and change the Internet drastically, making development tons easier for developers to create a single version of their applications. I am pleased to see the World Wide Web Consortium and WHATWG forget about past differences and cooperate on it. I am also pleased to see the two giants Apple and Microsoft showing strong positive signals towards it, even if they do it out of necessity.