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HTML5 Is Taking Off

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54% of the video published on the Internet is currently available in the HTML5 format, according to MeFeedia, and new HTML5 editing tools are announced by Adobe and Sencha, showing that HTML5 is taking off.

MeFeedia, an online video portal, has conducted a study to find out how much HTML5 content is out there. Having a video index with millions of entries and covering over 33,000 video publishers, the study concluded that online video content available as HTML5 has doubled over the past 5 months from 26% to 54%, and it has grown 5 times since the beginning of the year when it was only 10%. The growth is driven by mobile devices, Flash remaining the player of choice on desktop. Most websites offering video as HTML5 also offer it as Flash, and the appropriate format is used based on the device playing it.

In the same time, new visual HTML5 editors are announced. One of them is Edge from Adobe, a prototype tool addressed to Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash Pro users for creating HTML5 animations. Adobe is the company most affected by the introduction of the HTML5 standard, and after a while when it was perceived as opposing it, now it wants to be a leader in HTML5 editing tools. InfoQ covered Edge in a previous post.

Another tool recently announced is Sencha Animator, a GUI-based editor for  interactive designers interested in creating HTML5 animations. Animator was created with Ext JS, a cross-browser JavaScript library providing widgets for RIA applications, and it generates pure CSS3 animation code working with any JS library. One can create 2D or 3D objects, then move, scale, skew and rotate them, adding effects such as gradients, blurs, reflections and shadows. The code can be hardware accelerated on Apple iOS to create smooth animations.

The amount of HTML5 content present on the web and the new tools, especially one coming from Adobe, the company behind Flash, show that HTML5 is getting ready for prime time. 

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