As HTML5 Video is the big thing for clients at the moment, it’s important to remember that HTML5 is an unfinished specification.
Smart clients can see the next thing coming and HTML5 is a big thing coming. It will help define how we interact with information and media for the foreseeable future; it will power online commerce and business systems for at least the next decade and is fundamental to this generation of mobile devices and even to the next generation of desktop operating systems. So I can understand the clients’ desire to get on board but jumping on to a bandwagon which is also an unfinished code specification is very risky especially something as essential as HTML5 is to the future of media consumption.
So I said it was unfinished, to give you some idea at the end of last October it was announced by HTML5’s governing bodiesW3C and WHATWG that they were dropping the goodbye html5 time hello data. The reaction from developers was predictable to say the least.
Now there were two camps of vitriol from us web monkeys; the first was from developers that were playing in the cutting edge, grumbling about time systems in their cool new app not working. And the second and much more worrying camp was from developers that were forced to rely on The State Of HTML5 Video. It’s well worth the read and will clear up some misconceptions about market shares.
With all this is it worth investing in HTML5 video development? The answer is yes but until any of the questions posed are answered, browser and platform compatibility is improved, issues are resolved and the HTML5 specification nears completion it is a risky venture. But unfortunately due to the media consumption landscape it is a necessary long term goal for all working in field of digital video media.
Next time on Tales from a dark room…The client’s guide to the internet.