Statement of Direction – Genero ‘HTML5 Ready’

Irving, Texas – November 22, 2010 — After the recent announcements regarding Microsoft® Silverlight®, we would like to clarify our position with respect to HTML5.

What is HTML5? HTML5 is the next major revision of the HTML standard, currently under development by the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group at the W3C. This new standard incorporates features like video playback that have been previously dependent on third-party browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. The HTML5 specification is expected to reach the Candidate Recommendation stage during 2012. The criterion for the specification becoming a W3C Recommendation is “two 100% complete and fully interoperable implementations”.

HTML5 supported when it arrives…

Today, the Genero Web Client snippet technology already implements some HTML5 features, which can be seen in the CANVAS business graphicssupported since Genero 2.20. Firefox, Safari and Chrome are among the few browsers supporting these features today (click on the table for more information). Genero developers can also customize their AJAX applications to use HTML5 features on condition that they are deployed within browsers that support them. This AJAX snippet set will be smoothly migrated to HTML5 whenInternet Explorer 9 is released.

… and continued support for MS Silverlight

It is our intent to continue supporting Silverlight for as long as there is demand and there is support from Microsoft. According to Brad Becker, Director of Microsoft Product Management, Developer Platforms, the future is bright:

Silverlight is going beyond the browser to the desktop and devices for premium media experiences and applications“, he says.

Paul Krill editor at large with Infoworld agrees and believes “Silverlight will offer a richer web experience than HTML5“.
Rest assured that we will stay constantly tuned to these developments to deliver you the richest user experience available. Keep track of future developments through the forum, our product roadmaps and EAP programmes.