Apple Inc. ex-CEO issued a public letter titled ”Thoughts on Flash” in April 2010, where he concluded that ”Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content” and that ”new open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win”. This sparked a huge debate and made HTML a topic for mainstream media.
Since then Apple has been promoting HTML5 as an alternative to Flash for video and other content on the iOS, citing performance reasons for not allowing Adobe Flash Player to be installed on iOS devices. While some features of HTML5 are often compared to Adobe Flash, the two technologies are very different.
Here’s an interesting infographic on HTML5:
It can be said that HTML5 can be used as an alternative to Adobe Flash. Both include features for playing audio & video within web pages and integrated vector graphics.
Although the first public draft of HTML5 was published in January 2008, it took around 6 years for World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to release the finalized fifth version of HTML in October 2014.
However by mid 2011, 34 of the world’s top 100 Web sites were using HTML5 â€“ the adoption led by search engines and social networks and by 2013, 153 of the Fortune 500 U.S. companies implemented HTML5 on their corporate websites.
In its core HTML5 is a markup language for describing the content and appearance of webpages. The attempt was to improve the language with support for the latest multimedia and interactive documents without having to resort to proprietary plugins and APIs. The benefit also extends to support multimedia in mobile devices.
Being Open Source, there are plenty self teach material available online for HTML. We at SpringPeople run instructor-led and online sessions for experienced professionals on HTML5, XHTML, HTML Canvas and HTML5 with CSS3.