HTML5 Fullscreen Support

Fullscreen, the feature sought after by adventurous Internet users and innovative web designers alike, is finally available on HTML5. Actually, HTML5 fullscreen was always available, but only a few months ago was introduced efficiently to the most popular browsers out there. Flash might have enabled the fullscreen video function before, but the new web standard offers functionality that reaches beyond merely an HTML5 fullscreen movie.

There are still many reasons why most browsers approach the integration of HTML5 functionality with great care. Among them are various concerns for security of Internet users, who can be exposed to malicious content through misleading visual representation of websites and other unfair tactics. Before implementing HTML5 fullscreen function on Mozilla Firefox, the developer team introduced a wide range of security measures aimed at warning the users about entering the fullscreen mode and easing the ability of leaving it as soon as the user desires.

Despite the drawback, fullscreen is a necessary feature for the benefit of entire modern web, required to improve the experience of prominent fields such as online gaming and video playback. Various websites, mainly browser-based game applications, could be served better in fullscreen and video content is naturally predisposed to be viewed on the entire screen, with no annoying browser interface elements popping out and interfering with user experience.

Flash had a good run as an online video streaming container, but despite its wide range of great features, it loses out completely to the superior HTML5 video functionality. The main advantage of HTML5 over Flash when viewing videos is the fact that HTML5 has the ability to render its content directly onto the browser, whereas Flash is a third-party application functioning as a plugin without being able to completely integrate with the browser.

Those people who are still doubting that fullscreen video is the future of online video streaming should refer to sites like YouTube, which improved their services considerably since the introduction of HTML5 and the variety of features it offers video content providers. Among them is a more versatile integration of video captions, either as subtitles or active video elements.

The only currently known drawback of fullscreen web video is the fact that it is not supported by all major browsers at the time (essentially, all of them except the latest version of Internet Explorer). This, however, is a disadvantage that will be easily erased in a year or two, as browser developers hone their security measures and improve upon the functionality of the new features. Most applications like Easy HTML5 Video already support the fullscreen feature for the latest browsers out there, as well as the future.

Moreover, HTML5 is not just a fancy way of watching online videos cover your whole screen. It opens up new possibilities for web browsing in general, allowing to browser-based games to replicate the feel of video games released by major developers (to some extent, at least) and webmasters and designers to have more control over the way Internet users view their whole website content. This is a truly unique step in the evolution process of modern web and our online browsing experience is sure to be changed by the wide availability of this feature. Easy HTML5 Video takes full advantage of fullscreen HTML video.

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