How do developers feel about the latest web standard?
There has been much talk about HTML%. From tech blogs to thought leaders, the new Web standard is inspiring debate and further proving that the internet has changed a lot since the late ‘90s. A 2012 Kendo UI survey, “HTML 5 Adoption Fact or Fiction: Developers Wade Through the Hype”, asked developers – those who are working directly with and are closest to all new software developments – what they thought about it. Here’s how they weighed in.
Quick Primer: New and useful HTML5 features
- Web Workers – Especially useful for Web apps that use heavy scripts, Web workers use multiple and separate background threads for complex processing such as mathematical calculations and network requests. It does not affect the performance of a webpage.
- Video – Videos can be embedded without third-party plug-ins or codec (e.g. Apple QuickTime or Adobe Flash)
- Canvas – Rendering 2D graphics can be done on the fly, without needing a plug-in.
- Form Controls – New Web form inputs are now available – from placeholder text to email fields.
According to a Forrester report: Nearly 75% of North American Internet users are running on browsers that are mostly HTML5 compatible. That is nearly 32% growth from the same time last year.
Adopt in or out
Most developers are getting in while it’s hot and are already actively developing with HTML5.
- 6% don’t plan to use HTML5 next year
- 31% plan to start using HTML5
- 63% actively developing with HTML5
What’s the appeal?
Most developers cite the familiarity of languages and cross-platform support to be the main draws of working in HTML5.
- Reach/cross-platform support – 62%
- Performance – 34%
- Availability of tools/libraries – 28%
- Productivity – 27%
- Based on open standards – 24%
- Cost of development – 20%
- Community – 9%
- Other – 1%
What about browser fragmentation?
Currently, the feature support varies across all browsers for HTML5. Safari may support some features, while Google Chrome doesn’t. Most developers acknowledge that browser fragmentation as a valid concern.
How concerned are you about browser fragmentation?
- Not concerned – 5%
- Mild to moderately concerned – 10%
- Highly concerned – 14%
- Concerned – 71%
Predicting HTML5’s impact
82% of surveyed developers believe that HTML5 will be important to their jobs within the next year, and more than half of those believe it will be important immediately. Even developers reporting that they won’t use HTML5 this year acknowledge its importance within the next 12 to 24 months.
When do you think HTML5 will be important for your job?
- Immediately – 51%
- Within the next 12 months – 31%
- In 1 to 2 years – 12%
- Never – 1%
- Not sure – 4%