Prakash Nagaswamy, one of Aspire’s Senior Mobile Consultant summarizes the expected changes and trends in HTML5  in 2014…

HTML5 is not a standalone technology going to solve the UI puzzle, it will be a coordinated orchestration of HTML5, CSS and JavaScript to offer the flexibility for the users to create sophisticated interactive pages without any external libraries for rich / interactive / vivid user experience.

Even though, there is higher level of adoption of HTML5 by the developer community, the key concern for HTML5 till now is “Browser fragmentation” that increases the cost and complexity of using this technology. These are expected to be addressed by W3C through Standardization devoted to interoperability and testing in 2014.

The other key concern is performance assessment of HTML5 applications. Another influential group Web Performance Working Group is working on this area and expecting a support for performance metrics, to measure and enhance Web application performance in 2014 final release.

The final release of HTML recommendation planned for late 2014 is expected  to bring next round of standardization for Canvas 2D with improvements in HTML5 to enhance existing HTML features and develop new ones, including extensions to complement built-in HTML5 accessibility, responsive images, and adaptive streaming.

Gartner is also betting that improved JavaScript performance through 2014 will make HTML5 the go-to enterprise application development tool. The current debate around adding Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) into HTML5 may get clear direction in 2014.

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