Kendo UI Survey Contradicts Industry Research Firms' Forecasts and Outlook on HTML5
HTML5 Adoption Timeline Moves Up
Kendo UI’s survey results directly contradict recent analyst forecasts citing that broad adoption of HTML5 is still 5 to 10 years out. In the survey, developers were asked about their HTML5 development plans, when they think the platform will be important for their job, and why they would choose HTML5 over other software development options. Below are key findings:
1. Ninety four percent (94%) of developers are actively developing with HTML5, or plan to do so by the end of 2012. Sixty three percent (63%) are using the technology today.
2. Eighty two percent (82%) of developers say HTML5 is important for their job immediately, or in the next 12 months, while another 13% say it will be important in the coming 12 to 24 months. This finding contradicts other industry research reports, such as the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies (2012), which pushed widespread HTML5 adoption 5 to 10 years into the future.
3. The 6% of developers who have no plans for HTML5 in 2012 noted that it will become important to them in 12 to 24 months.
Debate Shifting to Adoption, Value and Long-Term Success
Throughout HTML5’s development, there has been a history of heated debate on issues such as HTML5 vs. native apps and W3C vs. WHATWG standards processes. Survey findings, however, show this debate shifting, as developers focus less on outside influences and more on the technology itself.
Browser Fragmentation Continues to be a Major Concern for Developers
The fragmented browser market is a technology issue that continues to be a factor for developers. Even as standards improve and browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer all race to implement them, developers face varying HTML5 support in a browser landscape that spans desktop and devices. Clearly, this is a concern for developers, who need to ensure a consistent user experience.
“Despite the very real concern over browser fragmentation, the Kendo UI survey reveals adoption and usage of HTML5 is on the rise, with ease-of-use, flexibility and economies of scale trumping outside influence in determining how development decisions are made across small and large enterprises,” said Todd Anglin, vice president of HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools at Telerik. “The survey underscores developer recognition of the need for a platform that can be used to develop software for a future dominated by no single operating system or computing form factor.”
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