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HTML5 Isn't Solving Mobile Dev Issues Yet

HTML5 will likely make mobile development easier but not for some time, a group of wireless experts said Monday.

"HTML5 is not a panacea. It won't solve all your problems," said Ted Woodbury, an executive with AT&T. "It won't be a disaster but I think people will always do both" apps and HTML5 sites. Woodbury and others spoke at Mobile Northwest, a conference in Seattle that is organized by the Miller Nash law firm.

Companies have been debating the value of HTML5, which allows developers to build new kinds of features into websites so that sites behave on mobile phones like applications.

"We've run into the limits of what HTML5 can and can't do and it's painful," Woodbury said. He expects the standard to improve over time, though.

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