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11 Problems with HTML5

Tuesday Aug 16th 2011 by Cynthia Harvey

The reality of the new HTML5 Web technology may not live up to the hype.

HTML5 offers Web developers the opportunity to add a lot of new features to their Web apps, but this article argues that the technology isn't as great as its supporters claim. It lists 11 "hard truths" about HTML5:

  1. Security is a nightmare.
  2. Local data storage is limited
  3. Local data can be manipulated.
  4. Offline apps are a nightmare to sync.
  5. The cloud owes you nothing.
  6. Forced upgrades aren't for everyone.
  7. Web Workers offer no prioritization.
  8. Format incompatibilities abound.
  9. Implementations are browser-dependent.
  10. Hardware idiosyncracies bring new challenges.
  11. Politics as usual.

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