Microsoft talks big about HTML5 but shows very little
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
I’ve just downloaded the first Internet Explorer 9 platform preview and tried out the demos. And frankly I am confused. They mention HTML5 all the time in the press release and on the IE blog. There are even five dedicated HTML5 demos… Imagine my surprise that after running the HTML5 test, Internet Explorer scores exactly the same as IE 8: a meagre 19 out of 160.
Even the demos they list as HTML5 are misleading. None of them actually deal with HTML5. First we have some CSS stuff like border radius and selectors. Then they give us DOM Events and DOM CSS. And finally the HTML5 T-shirt Designer which deals with SVG and events and not what the name suggests: HTML5. None of these tests are even served with the HTML5 doctype.
Okay, they did officially announce HTML5 video support, but where is the rest? I almost get the feeling they use the word HTML5 more like a fancy buzzword than actually supporting the specification. Time may prove me wrong, and they may actually implement stuff for future previews, but at the moment it is simply not yet here.