HTML5 remains on track
The rapidly evolving HTML5 may still be a work in progress, but a recently conducted survey indicates software developers are already committed to the new standard.
According to Evans Data, current HTML5 use stands at 43% in North America, 39% in EMEA and an impressive 58% in the APAC region. Adding in planned use brought the totals to over three-quarters across the regions.
"There isn't any question about the adoption of HTML5, it's already the de facto standard,” Evans Data CEO Janel Garvin told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement.
"There is especial strength in HTML5 for mobile and cross-platform mobile apps, which is the direction the industry is moving for client devices, and that has made it extremely attractive to developers everywhere in the world."
Garvin also noted that developers were more likely to use a standalone HTML5 editor in APAC and EMEA, though North Americans prefer to use the editor in their IDE.
In addition, when asked about importance in the development cycle, HTML5 came in 20% higher on average across regions than either Flash or Silverlight.
Originally proposed by Opera Software, HTML5 is the fifth revision of the HTML standard first created in 1990. The latest iteration is designed to improve the language with support for advanced multimedia options, while keeping it easily accessible for all.
As such, HTML5 adds a number of new syntactical features, including <video>, <audio>, <header> and <canvas> elements, as well as the integration of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) content that effectively replaces the uses of generic <object> tags.