Mobile browsers increasing HTML5 compatibility

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Mobile browsers increasing HTML5 compatibility

Aptara Editorial | Posted on 17th Feb 2015

Recent trends in the business technology world have pointed to the greater importance of platform-agnostic development using languages such as HTML5. With the mobile environment split between a few major operating systems and these devices becoming just as frequently consulted as PCs, there is no longer a main platform to develop apps for. A piece of software is not done unless it works on multiple channels, which means that the process of imparting information to consumers or other businesses can go one of two ways: Either organizations can concede they'll have to develop content several times over or they commit to platform-neutral design.

Mobile devices work with HTML5
One of the early concerns with HTML5 was that some browsers did not display this content correctly. However, the tech leaders behind popular browsers have improved this compatibility in recent years. For an illustration of this effect in the mobile realm, WM Power User revealed that the preview version of Microsoft's new browser improves its compatibility with the technology by leaps and bounds - and is still eclipsed by the high scores attained by popular offerings such as Android and iOS. This indicates developers know HTML5 content is coming and are prioritizing compatibility with browser interfaces.

The source gave out the "compatibility scores" of major mobile browsers when accessing pages based on HTML5. Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft's Spartan re-think of the browser, scored 360 of a possible 555. The previous version of mobile Internet Explorer scored 346. WM Power User went on to compare that to the scores earned by other browsers. Google notched impressive results, with its basic Android offering scoring 452 and Chrome showing the best results of any of the listed options, 493. Other notable entries included Apple iOS at 405 and BlackBerry at 449. IE 11 will enter a crowded and competitive field.

The news provider explained that there is hope Microsoft will boost its compatibility score further while real release of Windows 10 approaches. As the source indicated, the current version of IE 11 is in continued development.

The diversity of browsers represented in the chart makes another case for using HTML5 - here are six different types of interfaces with which users might want to access the Internet, and all of them appear to be making an effort to keep compatibility with HTML5 robust. Developing solutions for this ecosystem may make more sense than creating a native app that needs new versions for each major operating system.

The HTML5 market
Companies reacting to the signs in the IT world may already be planning Flash to HTML5 moves for their content. The standard achieving official recommendation status could serve as an impetus for the change. As TechCrunch pointed out, that move came far earlier than expected. The declaration from regulatory group W3C occurred in October 2014 but was at one point speculated to happen in 2020. Now, there is a set of standards that developers can work from as the regulators separated features into those that are ready now and others that will be addressed in HTML5.1.

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