Today, I want to talk about HTML5 and what it means for the eLearning developers. HTML5 is the latest standard for HTML.
HTML5 was designed to deliver rich content without the need for downloading additional plugins such as Flash Player. HTML5 delivers animation, graphics, music, and movies, and can even be used to build complicated web applications. Additionally, thanks to HTML5, mobile devices will now be able to play content they weren’t able to play before.
While HTML5 is designed to work on PCs, Tablets and Smartphones, many organizations have issues with it. The main problem is that these organizations do not update their web browsers and to have an HTML-based website accurately displayed in the browser, it is necessary to use the most recent version.
Once the HTML5 came out, most eLearning development tools (Adobe Captivate7, Articulate Storyline, Lectora 11, and iSpring Suite, Articulate Studio ’13) have been updated to allow eLearning designers and developers to publish to HTML5.
As Mobile Learning gaining popularity, HTML5 is quickly becoming the standard for the delivery of eLearning. Since all eLearning content delivered through smartphones or tablets must be HTML5 ready, the need for HTML5 has increased. Does that mean that HTML5 is replacing Flash or that Flash is completely dead? The answer is no. Even though at one point, Adobe did announce that it will stop developing its mobile Flash player and instead concentrate on developing HTML5 for mobile devices, content that currently exists in Flash will continue to run, However, instructional developers should consider phasing away from it and begin developing their training courses in HTML5. Ultimately, the browser used by learners will play a determinative role as to whether instructional developers should develop in Flash or in HTML5.