HTML5 growth fuels e-learning development options

Evidence that the use of HTML5 is expanding more quickly than industry pundits predicted continues to mount says the Learning & Talent Management Digest

In some recent job postings, Microsoft has hinted that it is working on a new HTML5 version of Skype to run in web browsers. Meanwhile in March a joint survey from IDC and cross-platform development vendor Appcelerator reported that 79 per cent of mobile developers said they will integrate HTML5 in their apps this year. This is much higher than many industry observers had anticipated as late as the fourth quarter, according to the two companies.

These developments are of particlar interest to e-learning course developers looking to add interactive capabilities such as drag-and-drop, hot-spot and other activties to their programmes. Currently these are usually provided by Flash interactions. Moving to HTML5 will enable developers to provide the same interactions in e-learning programmes on both laptops and mobile environments. Flash is not widely supported in mobile devices.

The IDC survey forecasts that Mobile developers will increasingly use HTML5 in their applications during 2012, but fragmentation will make their life more difficult.

HTML5 is becoming favourite to dominate all forms of computer languages from desktops to mobile devices, removing Flash as it goes. Most web players, including Mozilla, Adobe and Apple are already embracing HTML5.

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