Advantages & Disadvantages of Using HTML5 for e-Learning Development




With increasing the use of mobile devices by learners, the demand of HTML5 is gone up as it becomes the forefront of eLearning development. We all know that HTML5 is the current version of Hypertext Markup Language by which eLearning professionals and experts are able to publish and deliver the content to the learner's iPad, iPhones and other smart-phones.

eLearning with HTML5

Using this high-end language for eLearning development, users can get many benefits and make their work a lot easier as well as simpler than before. Here are some major advantages of HTML5 for eLearning development:

Extremely Helpful in Embedding Audio & Video:

Since the inception of HTML5, the embed of audio, video and other multimedia content becomes a lot easier as HTML5 embedding all these in the browser without relying on third-party plugins. Users of this high-end language do not have to download any software in order to view the multimedia content in e-Learning courses.

Highly Flexible & Easy to Access:

The best thing about HTML5-based courses is that they are highly flexible and easy to access. Users are able to maintain the content in a single source and provide to their audience, new visitors and precious clients as they just need to publish courses to HTML5. This way, the gyrating time will be decreased that makes large-scale implementation easily possible.

Extremely Interactive:

We all know that multimedia content like audio, video and some other important stuff play a very significant role in making any online course much interesting and engaging. So, HTML5 makes it easily possible for eLearning developers as they can develop games and other interactivities, which are mobile-friendly. There are lots of animations that are possible with HTML5.

Gives A Drag and Drop API:

HTML5 Gives A Drag and Drop API

Users of HTML5 can get a Drag and Drop API (Application Programming Interface), which is mainly used in eLearning development. You can find various eLearning developers, who are using Drag and Drop interactivity as an appraisal interactivity. It also facilitates better comprehension of the learning content.


One of the major benefits of HTML5 is to provide the content to mobile devices like smart-phones, iPads as it makes it very exciting plan for eLearning developers. It carries some highly exciting features like well supported by mobile browsers and more. Because of this major advantage lots of learners can take the eLearning courses anytime and anywhere on their mobile devices when they get time.

These are the top and main benefits of HTML5 for eLearning development, so eLearning developers can use this high-end language and get the benefits. Apart from these benefits, there are some disadvantages of HTML5 for eLearning development that you can find below:

Lack of Cross-Browser Compatibility:

HTML5’s developed applications are not always supporting on all the browsers, so it is one of the major drawback of HTML5. However, if you developed applications with Flash as plug-in are compatible with all the browsers and do not have any kind of compatibility issues.

Not Have Support to Legacy Browsers:

We all know that HTML5’s main commitment was to support and has compatibility with old browsers, but it is not completely supportive with the major browsers. It is also talented to only some extent like the legacy versions of the IE (Internet Explorers) are not supporting with HTML5. So, because of this issue, you can find lots of developers, who choose to go for HTML4; but HTML5 is compatible with some new and major browsers.

Restriction of Graphics and Animations:

With the help of Adobe Flash, we are able to develop rich graphics and animations, but when it comes to use HTML 5 as option, you are restricted up to some limit as it does not provide that much of flexibility as Flash. Therefore, you can find lots of developers, who are still opting for JavaScript and CSS to develop graphics and animation.

These were some of the of disadvantages of using HTML5 for developing eLearning courses, so every developer needs to understand before he starts using it for the development.

Keep visiting our blog for more information on HTML5 and its solutions as we are regularly update some useful and major information that you should know.


  1. Thanks Adam for this post. I liked it.

    1. Welcome Stephanie,

      Glad you like my post :)

  2. Great blog about HTML5.It is extremely helpful in embedding Audio & Video, flexible,easy to access and gives a Drag and Drop API. The major advantage of it is to provide the content to mobile devices like smart-phones, iPads and beneficial for eLearning developers.


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