HTML5 Thoughts

As most of you know, there is a big buzz about HTML5 at the moment and there are some really cool people doing some really cool things with it including us at work. The so called “Flash killer” was discussed as a long term replacement for the Flash based solutions we have been making at work unless it was deemed “extremely necessary”.

For those unaware, HTML is the nuts and bolts that web pages are built with (including this blog). The term HTML5 is the 5th Major release of this language but it also includes several other new and old technologies such as CSS3 and JavaScript. HTML5 includes some significant advances over its predecessors such as; style handling, offline storage, drag and drop, animations, custom fonts and native video/audio players. If you speak to any HTML5 evangelist they will tell you that you should be using it by now. This assumes that most of your audience will have a modern browser capable of delivering HTML5 (like the world outside). But from my research, the corporate environment it is most likely the opposite, only a small number of your users will have a browser capable of viewing HTML5 sites. This is because unfortunately the corporate world tends to lag behind in the software stakes. So there is a high probability that your users will not have a HTML5 enabled device and if they do it is likely to be their phone not their PC.

I admit, I work with a few clients that still support Internet Explorer 6 and 7 as their main browser, which are mainly universities. As you may know, these browsers have little or no support for HTML5. It is not that HTML5 is bad it’s just that Flash has had a 15 year head start and excels at rich animations and complex games, but with the advance of Canvas, it is likely that HTML5 will no doubt succeed in gaining popularity in e-learning development.

But personally I don’t think Flash is going to disappear, it will keep improving and pushing the envelope and will no doubt remain the number 1 choice for high end dynamic web-delivered e-learning courses. Be it HTML5 or Flash Games or Unity solutions, you have to maintain the primary goal of making smart choices around your ideas and demographics. Nothing is the “be all, end all” approach to the problems we try to solve for our clients. Making smart choices, evolving and adapting is what this is all about.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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