Sunday, February 07, 2010

HTML5 to the resque!

I have previously written that I was disappointed with silverlight as a platform for rich user interfaces in a browser. It probably has a lot of nice features, but as a web technology it's not really important if it is not platform independant.

I went to see a demonstration of HTML5 the other day. I don't think there is much you can do in Silverlight or Flash that you can't do in HTML5. Silverlight and Flash are bound to fade out and their domain is going to be taken over by HTML5.

Internet Explorer is currently the only mayor browser not supporting HTML5. You can however install a plugin that will allow HTML5 to be displayed correctly.


  1. What's the point of this blog post? Hating? Silverlight actually IS platform independent. Also, there ARE many things you can do in Silverlight that you just CAN'T in HTML5 without huge performance penalties. And those are growing with each new major version released (vector graphics, pixel shaders, etc.)
    Also, there can be no comparison between using .NET language and javascript. Actually I would not consider JavaScript as computer language at all.

  2. Hi Ziggo. The fact that you commented on this post and disagree justifies the post. What can you do in silverlight or flash that you can't do in HTML5? HTML5 supports hardware accelerated graphics you know. There might be something security and certificates, but I don't know enough about it yet.

    My biggest issue is whether there are any tools to create HTML5. GWT might be able to do that for you.