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W3C Official: Hold off on HTML5

HTML5 by Bruce Lawson

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In an article published by Infoworld on Oct. 6, 2010, Philippe Le Hegaret, W3C interaction domain leader, says that HTML5 is not yet ready for deployment. While the enthusiasm for adoption is growing, its best to take a conservative approach to actual deployment.

While using it for internal sites and applications where browsers and operating systems are specified in a controlled environment, the open web is another story.

“I don’t think it’s ready for production yet,” especially since W3C still will make some changes on APIs, said Le Hegaret. “The real problem is can we make [HTML5] work across browsers and at the moment, that is not the case.”

One of the major interoperability concerns is video playback.

… HTML5 lacks a video codec, and Le Hegaret does not expect to have one in the upcoming specification. “It’s a patent issue,” he said. The MPEG-4 codec, for example, is covered by patents, Le Hegaret said.

Digital rights management also is not supported in HTML5, he said. This means some video producers will not deploy their videos in HTML5 without this type of protection, he said.

So, bottom line: HTML5 is good for many things on the open web, but video isn’t yet one of them.

Now, that being said, I will be covering HTML5 video on LearnFromLisa.com as it is something readers are interested in. It will have its place, and could very well displace Flash for video — if the W3C can sort out the bickering around codecs.

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