In contrast to native applications or “apps”, HTML5-based “apps” are platform and device agnostic, meaning that it becomes easy to move apps between devices. However, today, HTML5 lacks important functionalities such as rich APIs to interact with devices and payment support.
The goal of the HTML5Apps project is to close the gap between native and HTML5 apps through the standardisation of missing HTML5 functionalities. For more details, please read the project’s fact sheet.
Standardize OS level APIs for HTML5 apps
In order for HTML5 apps to realize their full potential as non-proprietary, open alternative to today’s native app environments, further functionality needs to be added to the relevant standards, in particular operating system level APIs. The project will support ongoing work on this in the W3C System Applications WG.
Launch new standardization efforts to close gaps between native apps and HTML5 apps
Identify opportunities for future standardization that will close the gaps between native apps and HTML5 apps, e.g. in the area of payment support or increased interoperability.
Increase European Software Standardization efforts in Software engineering, services and cloud computing
Strengthen the European positioning in the area of “’apps” and beyond (Software Engineering, Cloud computing, Services) by coordinating and encouraging standardization efforts of projects in the “Software Engineering, Services and Cloud Computing” Objective.