We must be careful if we don’t want to make HTML5 look bad.

December 6th 2011

There are some thing we all know we must never do with a technology. For example, we all know we must not do a welcome page in flash anymore, we also know that little animated gif envelopes are banned from contact forms.

These examples have done nothing more than give us content to mock at these poor technology choices.

There seems to be general consensus about these and quite frankly, they are banned because they either don’t bring anything more to the user or are plain ugly.

Let’s be careful with how we handle all these new APIs that are available to us.

Popup games

I think they should now enter the hall of fame of bad use of technology. I just came across this FWA website of the month today and god is it bad.

It uses popups to create a game that works pretty much the same way The Incredible Machine worked. The concept is not bad at all, but the execution is where it fails.

The programmers did a very good job, all the cases are well handled and the game seems to work as intended. That’s not where the problem is.

I’ve tried to play with it for a good 15 minutes, I got the hang of it but the technological choice was really in the way, making it hard to enjoy the game itself.

Good technology is not magic dust 

We always need to be careful when we make a technological choice, we have all these great tools we can use today but because we can use them does not mean we should.

Technology should enhance user experience, not get in the way. Many times while playing that game I clicked mistakenly on the background causing all the popups to go behind the main screen forcing me to press the “restart” button. That’s a good thing the programmers thought of implementing that functionality.

Also, every time you load a level, you have these popups that loads in the bottom left of the screen and then are repositioned, you get the feeling that so much stuff happen at the same time that you have no clue where you should focus.

In now way did the popups enhance the experience. This type of experience worked well with The Wilderness Downtown and that’s probably because you could enjoy the site passively not having to interact with anything while watching the videoclip.


Where it hurts the most is that this site is seen as a technological demo of what HTML5 can do. What’s the takeaway after playing this game? “HTML5 can move popups and play videos!”. Really I feel we’ll laugh at that 5 years down the road.

116 Responses to “We must be careful if we don’t want to make HTML5 look bad.”

  1. inter says:

    Good source of information. It will help me a lot with creating my new site. Thanks a lot.

  2. “GREAT, this post acknowledges me more about to twitter. thank you keep posting.”

  3. lohi says:

    Take a look at this snippet from an InfoWorld article: His advice on HTML5 was endorsed by industry analyst Al Hilwa of IDC

  4. I do it carefully and thank you for this,

  5. run 3 says:

    This is a great thing, I think everyone feels this information is very valuable, thank you

  6. Carmelia Beckenbach says:

    Manfaat kaca film yaitu Menolak Panas Memeberikan kenyamanan dengan menolak panas dari paparan sinar sang surya dikala berada dalam kendaraan beroda empat atau ruangan. silahkan berkunjung ke https://kacafilmrumah.jabodetabek.my.id/2020/10/pasang-kaca-film-rumah-cilandak-jakarta.html jika Anda tertarik

  7. maryclark says:

    I am going to bookmark this website for future updates.

  8. Anderson says:

    Really incredible blog thanks for sharing the valuable info by life care melbourne

  9. Savannah Addison says:

    “Really incredible blog thanks for sharing the valuable info by life care melbourne”


  10. Derby Huxley says:

    I like using html. Your website is good with many information useful for everyone. goldbee.com

  11. I agree with most of your opinion, but the fact that the new window pops up beyond my wish is something I don’t like! because I missed it I was looking for something newer or more desirable!

  12. internet6 says:

    Thanks for knowlage you share about html

  13. internet says:

    Really great to read thanks

  14. internet says:

    html is html thats the point

  15. Derekmot says:

    Не могу не поделиться! Очень понравилась женская сумка в магазине Озон, привезли курьером через три дня после оплаты, качество изумительное,
    даже не ожидала от китайского производителя.
    Всем модницам рекомендую (да простят меня модераторы за ссылку:
    https://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/254780192/ )
    Продавец ещё скидку 5% дает по запросу.
    Ура, я счастлива!

Leave a Reply