Microsoft will not "go native" on HTML 5

Software giant Microsoft has been jolly enthusiastic about HTML 5 and has been insisting that its Internet Exploder software be the first native HTML 5 browser. Windows would be the first HTML 5 native operating system.

The comments, which have been appearing on various Volish bogs, have been sailing up the nose of HTML 5 developers who can’t for the life of them work out what Microsoft has been banging on about.

IE boss Dean Hachamovitch had a go at explaining the Volish spin, saying that websites and HTML5 run best when they run natively, on a browser optimised for the operating system on a device.

“We built IE9 from the ground up for HTML5 and for Windows to deliver the most native HTML5 experience and the best Web experience on Windows. IE10 continues on IE9’s path,” he said.

As a rule of thumb, the amount of vacuous bollocks, or spin, in any press statement can be measured by the use of the non-words such as “experience” and “ground-up”.

Since this statement has two “experiences”, and one “ground-up” we know it is three times less likely to have any real substance.

The biggest problem with this statement is is that the whole point of HTML 5 is that it is not platform-dependant. Microsoft’s insistence that it was “native” to its software was really annoying those who were busy designing code for other operating systems and browsers.

Microsoft’s statements that HTML 5 was native are a fairly silly attempt to “own the code”. It might have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those pesky developers.

Opera’s Haavard Moen moaned from his bog  that Microsoft had tried to coin the term “Native HTML5″, which basically contradicts the entire idea of the web as non-native and platform-agnostic.

“HTML5 is not native. It is not supposed to be native. It is silly to even attempt to tie HTML5 to a specific platform… Hachamovitch should be ashamed of himself for signing his name to such a shoddy piece of dishonest marketing nonsense. Call me a grumpy old open web fundamentalist, but I’m getting fed up with this,” Moen said.

Now it seems, according to the Seattle Pi, that Vole will not be referring to native HTML in the future. It looks like the fall-out was worse than the advantages.

We do not expect to hear from Microsoft that it has changed its mind.

We just expect it never to mention “natives” again.