The HTML5 Juggernaut


In case you missed it, 2010 was the year when HTML5 hit the big time.

It started back last January with Steve Jobs coming clean about why Apple would never support Flash (and by implication Silverlight) on its mobile devices, and throwing all of Apple’s weight behind HTML5.

It continued with the rapid decline in the use of Internet Explorer (now less than 50% of the market), with Microsoft doing all it can to drive users away from IE6  and on to the HTML5-compliant IE9. Growing acceptance of Chrome Frame as a way of fixing the “legacy IE” problem helped, too.

But the real turning point was on 21 October, when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted in public for the first time that HTML5 was unstoppable (“….the world is going HMTL5… and so are we”) — a move widely interpreted as deprecating Silverlight.

Over the last two or three years ago a handful of banks have built single-dealer platform front-ends in Flash, and at least one major bank has built a Silverlight offering, despite the limited installed base. But over the last six months most of the financial firms I talk to seem to have settled decisively on HTML5 as their strategic Web app technology.

So how do you achieve the same productivity and quality in HTML/JavaScript/CSS that you’ve come to expect from more traditional environments? Caplin Trader provides a domain-specific answer for finance. General-purpose toolkits are important too, and there is quite a proliferation to choose from these days.

Here’s a handy guide to some of the best.

2 Responses

  1. […] this year) and IE7, though dwindling fast, are here to stay for some time longer in the banks. The HTML5 explosion has caught everyone’s eye, but if your application doesn’t degrade gracefully and […]

  2. […] such as IE6 and the rise of HTML5 has not gone unnoticed by banks who are now looking upon HTML5 as their strategic Web app technology for building single-dealer […]

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