Grant Gochnauer sent in a great little tech tid-bit this morning; Apple has launched an HTML5 demo site to show off the flexibility and power of HTML5 in light of their total rejection of Flash as the medium to deliver next-gen rich web content.
Unfortunately, as soon as you try and do anything on the site, you get:
Even though Google Chrome 5 and Firefox 3.6 support HTML 5, you know… the spec, Apple wants us to use Safari to see its “standards compliant” website.
Go ahead and try it yourself (be sure you are using any browser other than Safari 4). Go to the HTML5 demo site and click on any of the showcase boxes at the bottom.
Wasn’t the whole point of rejecting Flash to get away from the “vendor lock in” that it created with Adobe? So should we expect in the soon-to-come future that Apple Trailers, Mobile.ME and other sites will all be “HTML 5 enabled” with a little asterik indicating that they “only work with the latest Safari release” — remember when Microsoft used to do this?
Yes I’m standing on my soap box but come on Apple. You are going to try and convince me that Safari 4 supports HTML 5 so much better than Google Chrome 5 that your demo website has to block for it? I don’t think so.
Update #1: Using Safari on the site (on Windows 7) doesn’t yield much better results for me as some of the spec still isn’t supported apparently by the Windows release of Safari (that the above error message says is what I need).