As the next major revision to HTML language is in progress – called HTML 5, leading browsers already started incorporating some of the features proposed in this standard. HTML5 provides array of tools to fulfill the needs of modern multimedia-rich web applications. With all the hype surrounding HTML5, no wonder major browser competing neck to neck with each other to provide major HTML5 features in their browser. But how would you know if your favorite browser supports HTML5 or not? If supported, how much support for HTML5 it provides?
Not to worry! There is a website specifically designed to test this. Open your favorite browser and go to HTML5Test. It will instantly display how many HTML5 features your browser support. According to owners of HTML5Test, the site does not claim to “test all of the new features offered by HTML5, or to test the functionality of each feature it does detect”. But it still provides quite comprehensive benchmark for HTML5 support in different browsers. It ranks a browser based on 160-point scale in 13 major categories of HTML5 features such as canvas support, HTML5 audio/video support, Geolocation feature, workers and so on.
Curious to know which browser win over others, I tested leading six browsers – Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Apple Safari and Maxthon 2. Below are the summarized results of the comparison presented in the form of cool 3-D bar chart (fancy, eh!):
As you can see, Google Chrome easily claims the number 1 spot, followed closely by Apple’s Safari browser. Opera and Firefox ranks relatively low, but that equation may change with soon to be released Firefox 4. Internet Explorer, the back-bencher of all the browsers, fails to support majority of the HTML5 features. So is the case with Maxthon 2. No doubt it’s still quite early to weigh browsers based on these results, but Google clearly pushing really hard to win the browser market, incorporating loads of improvement and features. Will Google win this browser war? Too early to predict, but it surely is making every effort in that direction and progressively increasing the browser market share.
What’s Your Take?
Which is your favorite browser? Does HTML5 support makes any difference to your choice of browser? Do you think it is one more reason to switch to Google Chrome? Come on! Bring it out. Leave your opinions in comments below. Keep geeking!