HTML 5 Development Not Impressing BBC's Erik Huggers

By HTMLGoodies Staff

While HTML 5 has impressed many developers and internet pioneers, the BBC's director of future media and technology Erik Huggers isn't buying into the buzz. He believes that the way it is currently being developed will not enable it to be the replacement for Adobe Flash.

Speaking in his blog, Huggers wrote that "there's still a lot of work to be done on HTML5 before we can integrate it fully into our products. As things stand, I have concerns about HTML5's ability to deliver on the vision of a single open browser standard, which goes beyond the whole debate around video playback."

The HTML5 Working Group, W3C and WhatWG have differing opinions about HTML 5, and recent activity has suggested that it may not deliver what the industry needs at this point. While Microsoft is promising HTML 5 support in its upcoming MSIE 9, the future is unwritten, and the future of HTML 5 may end up like SMIL, which was promised as the Flash killer years ago, and is hardly used today.

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