HTML5 is a set of standards which define a language for structuring and presenting web content. The standards are defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and they are supported by all the major technology companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple.
The new markup language HTML5 gives a range of functionality which was not previously available within a browser. For example, users can interact with data graphics, videos or animations. A lot of the extra functionality extends the user interface, enabling a richer user experience. Other functions extend what is possible within a web browser, such as offline working (working whilst not connected to the internet).
HTML5 is device independent and can run on all form factors (such as PCs, tablets or smart phones). A compatible browser is required to run HTML5 applications and the most recent versions of the major browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox) are all compatible. The HTML5 specification is designed so that web applications will run on older browsers but with reduced functionality so HTML5 is backward compatible. This is perfect if you’d like to use the new enhanced functionality but you aren’t sure if all of your users will have compatible browsers. HTML5 runs natively within the browser so you don’t need to worry about downloading and installing plug-ins.
Smart Browser technologies enable productivity benefits over traditional web applications. The rich functionality and reduced load times mean that users are more engaged and productivity is increased.
HTML5 applications offer the rich user experience of a desktop application combined with the lower Total Cost of Ownership of a web application. It provides a suitable alternative to developing separate ‘Apps’ for specific platforms.
The long standing benefits of using a Web Application still apply to HTML5:
- They are easy to deploy to multiple users instantly
- They are easy to patch and maintain the software
- They enable a choice of hosting mechanism (local infrastructure, private cloud or public cloud)
- They require less processing power on the client, leading to lower infrastructure costs
Smart Browser technology is emerging as the best option for organisations creating applications. Due to its multi-platform support, HTML5 is the default choice for Smart Browser technology.
Choose SFW as your partner to develop web applications
HTML5 can make web applications more interactive and more useful for users. SFW can guide you to the best approach for your next project and deliver a solution to meet your exact needs.
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