View Full Version : Alpha Five v10 looks very promising however...


Steven P.
08-20-2009, 05:53 AM
... technology changes so fast.

With HTML 5 you have Web Sockets which obliterates the need for AJAX. I hope Alpha Software will be able to catch up with all these fast-paced improvements in technology.

Thumbs up !!!

Lou Milone
08-31-2009, 03:00 PM
HTML 5 is way out there, and probably won't be a "standard" for at least a couple of years, based on my brief research. I wouldn't worry about it yet, it's too far out, I think. Here are some URLs for interesting pieces of information.

Here is a very good presentation about the future of browser technology:


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML_5

"It is estimated by the editor that HTML5 will reach the W3C Candidate Recommendation stage during 2012. That doesn't mean you can't start using it yet, though. Different parts of the specification are at different maturity levels. Some sections are already relatively stable and there are implementations that are already quite close to completion, and those features can be used today (e.g. <canvas>). But other sections are still being actively worked on and changed regularly, or not even written yet."

From http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/FAQ#When_will_we_be_able_to_start_using_these_new_features.3F

"Support for many features can be simulated using JavaScript. "

From http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/05/google-dailymotion-endorse-html-5-and-standards-based-video.ars

"Although standards-based video solutions have the potential to deliver enormous benefits, the path to liberation will not be quick or easy. The current generation of open video technologies has a lot of limitations that will be difficult to address.

Microsoft's slowness to adopt emerging standards is probably the biggest hurdle that is impeding adoption of the HTML 5 video element. Microsoft is still struggling to implement long-standing Web standards, so it seems unlikely that the software giant will jump on board with a highly complex emerging standard that is still in the draft stage. Microsoft also has some competitive interests on the table that conflict with standards-based video efforts. Specifically, Microsoft is pushing its own Sliverlight browser plugin as an alternative.

Aside from Microsoft, virtually every other browser vendor already has an HTML 5 video implementation or has publicly announced plans to develop one. Microsoft's dominant marketshare, however, largely deflates the value of that widespread support in the broader browser ecosystem. There are some factors that could potentially push Microsoft into action, but it's hard to imagine it happening any time in the immediate future."