Microsoft has announced HTML5 Labs, a website that will help HTML5 developers test that their sites will be fully operable with IE9
The company, which claimed that IE9 was a "site-ready" browser, said that HTML5 Labs would provide a stable foundation for coders working with the new version of HTML. Microsoft said that this would give developers confidence that their sites will be fully functional in the future adding that this should avoid future development cycles.
According to a Microsoft company blog, the company is looking to improve the process by which new technologies can be incorporated. "Our approach is to give developers better choices and avoid false dichotomies around standards support ...By clearly separating prototype implementations from mainstream browser product ones, we can avoid many negative consequences," wrote Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president for Internet Explorer at Microsoft.
Part of the thinking of the HTML5 Labs offering is that ungratified technologies are incorporated into development wrote Hachamovitch, citing the example of the emerging Websockets technology which was the subject of security concerns in the summer.
"WebSockets is just one of many, many unfinished, emerging, and speculative features. Rushing ahead with implementation while the blueprints are changing a lot creates dissatisfaction. That dissatisfaction is the result of supporting unfinished, emerging, and speculative features in the mainline product. The question is how to balance the implementation of these under construction technologies with the needs of developers (who don't like re-writing their code over and over to get new capabilities) and the needs of consumers (who expect sites and browsers to just work)," wrote Hachamovitch.