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HTML5 Compatibility: Mac Browsers Compared [u]

24 June 2013 1,307 views No Comment

Although HTML5 isn’t generating much buzz these days, it’s increasingly capable and common across the internet. Which begs the question, “Which Mac browser provides the best HTML5 compatibility?” Here is an unscientific look at just that.

Why should you care? HTML5 is an increasingly capable Flash replacement and it’s showing up in more and more places

When the Fairer Platform last looked (2/2012) at Mac browser HTML5 compatibility, Chrome was the easy winner. Though Google’s browser is still tops, the newly WebKit-fresh Opera 15 is right up there:

• Chome 27 — 463 + 13* = 476
— Plays smoothly**

• Opera 15 — 433 + 9 = 452
— Loads, plays slowly

• [u] Firefox 22 — 410 + 10 = 420
Does not play, displays individual frames in succession
— Disabling Flash blocker allows the demo to play

• Safari 7.0† — 400 + 11 = 411
— Plays smoothly

Firefox 21 — 399 + 10 = 409
— Does not play, displays individual frames in succession

• SeaMonkey 2.17 — 394 + 10 = 404
— Loads, plays slowly

• Safari 6.0.5 (ML) — 393 + 11 = 404
— Plays smoothly

• Safari 5.1.9 (SL) — 319 + 12 = 331
— Surprisingly smooth

* Regular points + bonus points
** Apple’s Mac Pro demo page (See also: CreativeBloq)

The good news here is that Chrome, Opera and Safari — all WebKit-based — score 400 points (75%) or better on the 500 point HTML5 Test scale. Further, all of the tested browsers load and play Apple’s Mac Pro demo, the exception being Firefox.

For what it’s worth, I also tested the above browsers against FreeCiv (HTML5 Games), finding that Chrome, Firefox and Safari 5.1.9 failed while the other browsers delivered a playable result.

Again, this has been an unscientific look at Mac browser HTML5 compatibility and your mileage could vary, perhaps significantly.

Sources: HTML5 Test, Scruffy†, an American Kennel Association Certified Feature Retriever

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