HTML5 standards will surely have a great impact on the mobile sector, although nobody knows when or how. This happens because HTML5’s standards have not yet been totally agreed on and established, but what is certain is that they will revolutionize website development for both traditional devices and similar mobile devices. Some sectors of the mobile industry are currently starting to adopt these standards.
HTML5’s standards will change the way Internet works, especially how elements such as Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader work. HTML5 includes semantic modules such as <nav>, <article>, <section>, <aside> and <footer>, that will make mobile websites’ translation more intuitive and easy for browsers. Besides, specifications such as <video> or <audio> were added to standardize the use of multimedia content. HTML5 standards also provide a Geolocation API that allows the user to determine its location. We all know that at this point of history that geolocation is an important part of Local SEO.
However, we can expect a lot from the full adoption of HTML5 because the code is optimized for today’s mobile language. In the near future, the most used and accepted mobile programming languages will be XHTML-MP and XHTM. Moreover, the methods used to manage the design and style of content on a mobile site are currently CSS and WCSS.
Also, HTML5 is working to fix problems found in HTML4, such as the ‘tag soup’, inaccurate syntax and parsing and lexing rules. It also embeds video on webpages without the need for any special software, like Adobe. Although HTML5 isn’t yet an official standard, all major browsers (Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer) support most of its features.
HTML5 in mobile devices
Apple mobile devices are known for their incompatibility with Flash Player. Although Flash can still be used in Apple devices (compiling it as a native iOS app through Adobe’s iOS packager in Flash CS5 Pro), after the controversy over Apple’s former CEO’s declarations, Adobe announced that they won’t be developing any more software for mobile devices in general. This led HTML5 to substitute Adobe Flash. HTML5 is fully supported by all mobile operating systems. This is why mobile developers are abandoning Flash in favour of HTML5.