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Mac Browser HTML5 Test: Chrome, Opera, Firefox Still on Top

12 June 2014 215 views No Comment

Once upon a time, Safari topped the HTML5 compatibility table, but no more. In fact, Apple's default browser has consistently fallen over the years…

Once upon a time, Safari topped the HTML5 compatibility table. No more. In fact, Apple’s default browser has consistently fallen over the years. Today, Chrome, Opera and Firefox easily best the one-time market leader.

The last time the Fairer Platform at Mac browser HTML5 compatibility Google Chrome, Opera and Firefox topped the table. Though the order remains the same, scores have gone up 5 to 10 percent since last year.

Except, of course, for Safari et al…

Once upon a time, Safari topped the HTML5 compatibility table, but no more. In fact, Apple's default browser has consistently fallen over the years…

Why does Apple’s Safari lag? It’s due at least in part to changes in the HTML5 Test and how scores are calculated. For example, Firefox lacks DRM, MPEG-4 and H.265 support, yet outscores Safari 8 by 40 points, or about 10 percent.

While WebM is “nice” and standing firm against DRM laudable in certain corners of galaxy, one would think that lacking direct H.264 support would be a critical if not fatal deficit. Alas, political correctness somehow holds its own against features like actually delivering Netflix in HTML5, eventually to millions of paying customers.

Pity the merchants and their addiction to filthy lucre (and binge watching)…

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