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The Web Agent Offers HTML 5 to Current and New Clients

Hampton, NH, September 22, 2010 --( Internet Explorer 9 Beta has been released and it supports HTML 5. With this new release, The Web Agent now offers HTML 5 coding.

Del Maxwell, owner of The Web Agent says, “This is great news for the future of web design. IE9 is the first version of Internet Explorer that works with HTML 5. Since the other big 3 (Firefox, Safari, Chrome) already support HTML 5, the only reason to not currently program in HTML 5 is because IE hasn't been able to handle it until now. This is a bandwagon web design companies cannot afford to ignore. HTML 5 is the future of websites. IE users will likely be somewhat slow to upgrade and Microsoft will not force the issue until IE9 moves out of beta, into a finalized form. At that time it will become part of Automatic Updates and over time it will become the norm. This will not be the case for the Windows XP operating system. XP users will be unable to install IE9 due to Direct X 10 not running on XP without being modified. Direct X 10 is required for IE9 for hardware acceleration purposes. As usual, during a major transition web site owners are left with a decision. Do we build sites for the future, or do we make websites that work on old, albeit current technology? Both have pros and cons, which are quite self-evident. Other developers should not wait for it to become the norm to know how to do it.”

Convincing clients to accept a site that doesn’t work in all browsers or to pay for extra steps due to a transition may not be an easy sell according to Jim Somers, a Boston area web designer, “We would have to give the client the choice of developing their site using coding that is not supported by the current IE version. If there is a simple way to explain that to them so that we are ‘off the hook’ when they and their site visitors are having problems viewing in IE7 or 8, then that's what we might need to do. Many large companies do not upgrade browser software until they are out for quite a while.”

Adds Mr. Maxwell, "Developers may want to present it to clients as an add-on that can be accommodated whenever usage of IE9 reaches a certain threshold or usage of IE6, 7 and 8 hits a certain low. It comes down to turning a negative into a positive while maintaining profits, and so development firms are seen as a place where clients can expect a proactive approach that keeps them moving forward into their future.

"The current slow economy has created a perfect time to learn how to code HTML 5 and polish those skills, by integrating new coding with current methods, systems and products/services. That's how developers will be able to sell it eventually. If they wait until it's already the norm to do so, they will already be behind the competition."

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