Now this is interesting. Open the website html5test.com from your browser.
It shows the performance score of the browser in html5 support out of 300.
I tested the same for some of the latest browsers and here’s what I have:
Lets start with the lowest score:
Internet Explorer 8
As expected, this bro here is a little old. It came out in 2009, when most of us haven’t even heard of html5. So I was kind of surprised that it wasn’t a Zero.
Internet Explorer 9
Now this was a little disappointing. IE9 promised html5 compatibility. Was expecting atleast 200. Anyways, it’s still in the beta version. Let’s see how much better the stable version is.
It was released in January 2010. A very average score considering it being an open source software. But they really did make up in the new 4.0 beta version. Except for it’s UI getting slow sometimes, firefox is, I think, the best browser out there. Being open source gives an ethical touch to this constantly evolving monster.
I am in love with opera now a days. Unlike firefox, the UI looks light weight and is fast indeed. And is not very disappointing on the html5 front either. Apart from a decent web performance, it has some really cool speed dial and tab features. Opera is really different. Be it the shortcuts, the standard browser buttons, the text fields and what not.
Safari and Chrome have recently been dominating their respective web spheres. Chrome in Windows and Safari in Mac. Mac has always had its unique niche. Even windows users are shifting to safari now. The html5 performance is third best. In fact apple announced full html5 support in all their products: iPhone, iPad and Mac. http://www.apple.com/html5/
Firefox 4 Beta
Ah, here’s the monster again. Firefox 4 beta offers some cool new features like Panorama. The UI is relatively light weight and fast. The main drawback is that most of the firefox plugins (including the indispensable Firebug and themes) are not supported by 4.0. But hey, the html5 performance looks fairy cool, considering the performance of other browsers. Nice!! Open Source always rocks.
Of course, no surprises. Google has the sharpest brains on this planet. So it would have been a disgrace to them if they weren’t on the top of the list.
My main objective behind this article was to show you that html5 is still not in the picture. It’s still in development mode. All the fuss is just the beginning. It’s powerful no doubt, but still there are a lot of incompatibilities. And the top browsers still not support html5 completely.
But 2011 seems like the year of change. Many browsers are busy developing html5 compatible versions. Browser wars is hot and brewing. With many new beta version in the queue, we might have some surprising developments the next year on the browser front. Let’s wait and watch.