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Web 2.0 InfoWorld's Peter Wayner discusses the 11 hard truths Web developers must accept in making the most of HTML5 -- especially those who are looking to leverage HTML5 in hopes of unseating native apps. 'The truth is, despite its powerful capabilities, HTML5 isn't the solution for every problem. Its additional features are compelling and will help make Web apps formidable competitors for native apps, but security issues, limitations of local data storage, synchonization challenges, and politics should have us all scaling back our expectations for the spec.'
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RE[3]: HTML 5 == Pointless Bloat
by M.Onty on Wed 17th Aug 2011 12:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: HTML 5 == Pointless Bloat"
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Of course for blind people, you really don't want HTML at all - you want something designed for complete control over audio (both sound and speech synthesis), including timing, volume, position, etc; and you want web developers to design sites specifically for audio (including site navigation, etc) instead of trying to make something intended for visual content delivery (and primarily used for visual content delivery) work in a "half-assed, almost better than nothing" way.

Better standards support for screen-readers would be welcome, but tags like em and other 'crud' are very useful for rendering HTML in Braille or have it read by screen-readers. Compared to Word or PDF, HTML (when written with semantic tags) is far superior for the blind and visually impared.

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