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“HTML5 Isn’t Yet Ready for Live Deployment,” Citing Interoperability Issues, A W3C Official

HTML5 has gained a lot of adherents in vendors like Microsoft, Google, and Apple. “But the specification “isn’t ready yet for deployment to websites,” an official of World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees HTML5, stressed this week.” “The problem we’re facing right now is there’s already a lot of excitement for HTML5, but it’s a little too early to deploy it because we’re running into interoperability issues,” including differences between video on devices, said Philippe Le Hegaret — responsible for specifications like HTML and SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics).

“I don’t think it’s ready for production yet,” especially since W3C still will make some changes on APIs, said Hegaret. “The real problem is can we make [HTML5] work across browsers and at the moment, that isn’t the case.” His advice on HTML5 was endorsed by industry analyst Al Hilwa of IDC.

“HTML 5 is at various stages of implementation right now through the Web browsers. If you look at various browsers, most of aggressive implementations are in beta versions,” Hilwa said. “IE9, for e.g., isn’t expected to go production until close to mid-next year. That’s the point when most enterprises will begin to consider adopting this new generation of browsers.”

A vendor with an interest in the specification said some parts of HTML5 are ready and some are not.


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