HTML5, Silverlight or Flash – A Quick Comparison

So, why would you use html5 over silverlight or flash ? Is flash really something to be considered an enemy of html5 ? Get some comparisons and answers on this here in this quick article on html5.





Those who already know that silverlight, a work from Microsoft, has pretty much abdicated to html5 may wonder why there even needs to be a comparison between it, html5 and flash. The reason is simply for information and to help those who still need to know what silverlight does. Microsoft says it is too early to do comparisons, since html5 is not fully approved. But, it is interesting, so people do it anyway.





With silverlight, the advantages are not all that varied from flash. silverlight makes very detailed graphics and things that can be done even without a browser. With the ability to stand on its own, it will be able to run on other platforms. Right now, silverlight is even designed to support the Google Chrome browser “officially”. Some of the drawbacks that silverlight has are that it could be considered a plugin, and as such Microsoft could end up charging for it. It therefore could not be considered “open” to use in the future, if just one provider, Microsoft, wants to make a few bucks off of it in the future. silverlight has system requirements. These do not exist with html5, but large videos and other large files on a web page will always be digested based on internet connection speed, user agent, and processor speed.





How about flash, how does it shape up against html5 ? This seems to be the question of the year, as flash is as ubiquitous as rain in Spring. Flash is another plugin that has been around for years and that most browsers work well with. It has a reputation of being “heavy” on processor usage and large in file size. Adobe has addressed this issue as of late, but not many studies have confirmed it yet. Some are saying that flash 10.2 is ten times faster than the 10.1 version. Flash is experiencing 85 percent penetration of the internet at the moment, so its focus on becoming faster is a big deal. The problem of being under control of one company, Adobe, and therefore perhaps becoming a chargeable item is probably not going to happen. Flash has been around too long for free, it is unlikely Adobe is going to start charging for it. The problem with flash is pretty much one company, Apple, who say that it causes their browser to crash. Other than that, flash is just as good quality as html5 in graphics ( maybe better ) and, as stated, already popular.





The html5 standard has been worked on for years. It became a working draft back in 2008. It is called the “open standard” of the web, since it is the language of every web page. It is basic to the daily operation of the web hence it is much more important than either flash or silverlight. The graphics that are currently available with html5 are under the quality of flash or silverlight. It is also hampered by its own contributors. The contributors are from large corporations that are themselves enemies of each other. Apple, Google, Microsoft and other company employees are both contributing to the engineering of html5. This hinders its progress. The biggest hindrance to html5 is browser compatibility. Microsoft is taking the lead in this regard and IE9 will be one of the most html5 compliant browsers in the world. With this leadership from Microsoft, a major software and browser maker, the future of html5 looks bright and it looks set to grow as other large companies embrace it.

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