by Alfredo Leone, QuickLessons CEO
Mobility, ubiquity and portability are key requirements for any type of learning as the market fully embraces to the demand of learners to access knowledge when and where is needed. Learners today expect access to relevant and useful information on various types of mobile devices connected via networks of ever cheaper and faster bandwidth.
This trend toward multi-device and multi-access learning is solidifying day after day, making responsive content design one of the most critical components of any production process for online training material. The premise today is for learning to “follow” the person and not the other way around.
In this dynamic online learning scenario, HTML5 is finally going mainstream as the leading technology to structure and present learning content online. Here are some powerful reasons to adopt HTML5 today even when legacy constrains seem to favor a “wait and see” approach:
As mentioned above, HTML5 adoption is already an established reality and leading technology companies are giving strong signals to the market to get on the right bandwagon. In January 2015, YouTube announced the abandonment of Flash to start using HTML5. Accompanying this action, Google launched the www.HTML5Rocks.cominitiative, a portal that provides articles and tutorials on the new version of the programming language of the Web. Meanwhile Apple confirmed repeatedly they would not support Flash on its iPhones and iPads, favoring HTML5. And Facebook launched its HTML5 Resource Center. The list continues to include more traditional technology vendors: from 2013 SAP is committed to HTML5 for its mobile application platform, and Microsoft also boosts HTML5 as one of its core technologies.
Undoubtedly, the current market evidence shows that it is time to leave behind the “wait and see” approach taken by many learning professionals and leaders and finally adopt HTML5 as a core element of their e-learning projects. Indeed, it is HTML5 now or bust!
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