HTML5 has emerged as quite the answer to every web designer’s questions. Though 2012 has been less favorable for HTML5 but brand’s faith has not dwindled yet. ABI Research forecasts over 2.1 billion mobile devices with HTML5 browsers by 2016. Research firm IDC predicts that more than 80% of all mobile apps will be partially or completely be backed by HTML5 by 2015. As for 2013 the firm predicts that 2 million developers to work on HTML5. With Flash fading away faster than expected HTML5 has plenty of chances to bloom.

Recently Mozilla has launched its Firefox OS at MWC, a new mobile platform empowered by HTML5 with open web standards. This move by Mozilla is to switch from feature phone category to Firefox OS powered smartphone.

Mozilla issued a statement with the launch, saying:

Developer preview phones will help make the mobile web more accessible to more people. Developers are critical to the web and to Mozilla’s mission to make the web accessible to everyone. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Firefox to discover, experience and connect to the Web. A web based on open standards and open technologies. We couldn’t have done this without web developers.


HTML5 has had its share of rough times, though. In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg judged its capabilities too early. He went on to say:

The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 as opposed to native,’ Zuckerberg said in an interview at TechCrunch Disrupt. ‘It just wasn’t ready.

Whereas currently Mozilla claims that HTML5 is well prepared for mobile. Despite Facebook and Apple’s rejection of HTML5 Mozilla believes it to be a fertile ground for the future. Mozilla aims to introduce HTML5 apps to a market compiled of feature phones. Mozilla is defending its stance on HTML5 and is working closely with W3C to ensure good performance with its Firefox OS.

cheat sheet, compatibility graph, reference guide

HTML5 Compendium is featured at HTML5 Cheatsheets

According to ABI Research mobile devices with HTML5 compatible browsers will reach a total of 1.4 billion at the end of 2013 after an annual increase of 87%. The web will foresee 2 new HTML5 trends as well:

  • A better and deeper synchronization of HTML5 features and browsers into operating systems. Thus, increasing the speed and responsiveness of web apps
  • Most significantly, achieving a more powerful HTML5 support at the chip level.

To Summarize

As per infographic created by CSS Chopper, at present HTML5 is compatible with IE 8.0, Chrome 5.0, Firefox 3.6, Opera 10.5 and Safari 4.0. Companies are gradually adopting HTML5 for better growth, adaptability and acquiring new markets. It is no doubt that HTML5 is a feature rich medium to satisfy business requirements. Jeremy Keith’s book about HTML5 for Web Designers explains the need for HTML5 for designers and organizations alike.

Pin It