HTML5 and Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft and HTML5 get along. That would be a logical person’s assumption with the latest news from Internet Explorer 9. Get a closer look at the details on HTML5 and IE9 here in this quick article.




From the days of IE6 to now, the road has been long for the number one browser in the world. Back when the html standards were more forgiving, IE6 reigned as king. As time went on, webmasters found IE6 to be one of the biggest headaches to design for. As one person puts it; “IE6 is one of the banes of my existence.”. Internet Explorer 7 was better and included some much-needed security updates. IE8 came along in March of 2009 and was hyped as “one of the fastest” browsers on the market. It also had a great improvement in following web standards. Webmasters were beginning to smile again.




Now, both the web standards and Microsoft are changing. This time it gets better, because millions, perhaps billions of people will benefit. The web is adopting, or rather, is being adopted by those with web browsers on their mobile phones. The extra millions who are accessing the web using these smartphones and other devices need standards. HTML5 is the result and Internet Explorer 9 is coming to their rescue. Smartphones have been said to be the reason why the handset industry was not affected by the present economic crisis. People know what they want, and it looks like they want power in a small device that comes with voice.





Internet Explorer 9 is being pushed forward as a champion of web standards, specifically HTML5 standards. A test for conformance was recently given by the Worldwide Web Consortium to the top web browsers. The browsers used were Google Chrome 7, Safari 5.0, Firefox 4 beta 6, Opera 10.6 and IE9. The browser that closest complies with web standards from this group is IE9.





Now that Microsoft is back in the limelight with their browser, they are criticizing their adversaries. Microsoft claims they can render animations in HTML5 twelves times faster than Chrome 5. The impressive performance brought some new publicity to Microsoft. The “Test Drive” site for IE9 has received more than 16 million visitors. Microsoft worked together with IMDB ( Internet Movie Database ) to create seamless play for videos. Videos can be played natively within the browser. They also collaborated with Amazon to do the same thing. Microsoft has launched some videos of their own to demonstrate the enhanced abilities of their new browser.




Microsoft is “betting the farm” on HTML5, but it is also interesting to see how they are handling flash. The news on that is they are doing the same they have for years; they are using a plugin. That means flash support has not changed from the first days of IE6. Flash is going to be around for a while longer, side by side with HTML5, thanks to the new browser coming out of Microsoft soon. There is no firm date set for its release to the public, but the beta version is already out.

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