Four reasons to get onboard with HTML5

by Charon Eve

Technology is changing fast, with outdated software and tools being phased out quickly. Like Adobe Flash. When Google’s Chrome browser made a significant software update in early 2017, it was yet another nail in the coffin – Flash has now been removed by default when visiting web pages. HTML5 is the superior choice for online activities because it not only creates a safer web browsing experience but is more power-efficient too.

The end of Flash – forever!

HTML5 can be used as an alternative to Flash to play audio and video on web pages, to play some basic games and display integrated vector graphics. The good news is that Flash is being rapidly phased out of existence, by Adobe and the user community. As of January 2015, YouTube defaults to HTML5 players to better support more devices and in July 2017, Adobe announced that it would discontinue support of Flash by the end of 2020.

Why the big move? According to Google:

  • More than 90% of Flash loads behind the scenes to support things like page analytics, slowing visitors down
  • HTML5 is much lighter and faster, speeding up page loading
  • Faster loading saves battery life

Just by pushing Flash-based content into click-to-play mode, said Google, Chrome users have seen faster page loads and reduced power consumption. So why is HTML5 a better choice?

Here are four top reasons to choose HTML5:

1. Increasing usage of smartphones and tablets for consuming eLearning

A large part of learning content, including interactive and video-based content, is consumed via smartphones and tablets. Flash, which is not supported by iOS or the majority of Android devices, cannot be viewed on most mobile devices.

2. Support across multiple browsers without downloading Flash

If learners want to access a Flash-based course, they can’t do it without installing a Flash plug-in. However, courses developed in HTML5 can be accessed, plug-in free, on any of the leading browsers including Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Responsive design across devices is made capable with HTML5

3. Multimedia accessibility

HTML5 features native video playback. The videos integrated into an HTML5-based course are easily accessible on all browsers, devices and platforms.

4. Future-proofing courses, today

Responsive HTML5 provides eLearning developers with the ability to create course content that will work on any device, any screen size, any orientation. Even if you’re not targeting mobile devices today, you can build content safe in the knowledge that it will work on them in the future.

Here’s an example of gomo’s responsive design capabilities in action

Responsive design gif

Ready to try HTML5? Check out gomo

The gomo authoring suite is fully HTML5-enabled. The gomo player automatically detects which device the learning content is being displayed on, the device’s screen size and orientation. This is due to gomo’s fully responsive design capabilities.

For learners, this provides the ability to access true on-demand learning on the device they choose anytime, anywhere. Learning content designers have no need to design separate content to fit multiple devices or layouts.

For more information on how the gomo authoring suite is the perfect partner for HTML5-based courses, contact us today.