Fifteen years after the release of its predecessor HTML4, the HTML5 standard was finalized in October 2014. A technological and political triumph, HTML5 is a unified technology for cross-platform machine interactions and the only to evolve from a broad industry-wide consensus.
Although the finalization of a standard is important, it is unrealistic to expect that the industry will immediately react with full adoption of the technology, and that developers are universally prepared with the skills necessary to do so. A recent article in the SD Times outlined several trends that indicate 2015 will be an important year for adoption of HTML, a process expected to be nearly complete by the end of the decade.
Many enterprises and vendors depend on the interoperability guarantees that come with standardization, and thus it serves as a major driver of adoption. In addition, in many cases those implementing the HTML5 standard further benefit from expanded patent protections. Because the technology draws from contributions from numerous parties, a finalized standard allows for compliance without the risk of being sued or screwed over.
A new technology creates a void of skilled professionals that must be filled as soon as possible. As an expansive yet relatively new technology, HTML5 does not have as many skilled developers or available tools in the market as Java or .Net. With a finalized standard, however, adoption and skills growth is inevitable as developers gradually adopt the technology.
2015 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for HTML5 as companies find more reasons to adopt it and developers become more comfortable with the technology. As the Web continues to expand and improve, HTML5 will surely find its place among the technologies responsible for bringing people together in new and exciting ways.
Edited by Maurice Nagle