Survey: Three quarters of developers planning HTML5 projects

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More than three quarters of software developers across the globe are currently using or plan to leverage the HTML5 web standard in projects according to survey conducted in late 2011 by IT market intelligence firm Evans Data. Forty-three percent of developers in North America are using HTML5, Evans Data reports--the number falls to 39 percent in the EMEA region but rises to 58 percent in the Asia Pacific market, Evans Data reports. Adding in planned HTML5 use brings the totals to more than 75 percent in all three international regions, the firm adds.

"There isn't any question about the adoption of HTML5, it's already the de facto standard," said Evans Data CEO Janel Garvin in a statement. "There is especial strength in HTML5 for mobile and cross-platform mobile apps, which is the direction the industry is moving for client devices, and that has made it extremely attractive to developers everywhere in the world. We see the most strength in Asia, a region that is generally quick to adopt new technologies."

Evans Data adds that when developers were asked about importance in the development cycle, HTML5 came in an average of 20 percent higher across all regions compared to either Flash or Silverlight. The survey also indicates that developers in APAC and EMEA are more likely to use a standalone HTML5 editor, while their North American counterparts favor using editing tools in their IDE.

Project builds targeting HTML5 increased to 1,175 during the third quarter of 2011, up 38 percent over the previous three-month period, according to data issued in October by outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com. At the same time, projects for Adobe Flash runtime declined 10 percent to 2,794 jobs. Freelancer.com reports that at the current rate, HTML5 will overtake Flash projects within the first few months of 2012.

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