Apple iOS, Android or HTML5 ???

Providing statistical data to mobile users is an ever-growing challenge for statistical agencies.

Which platform should we use: Apple’s iOS, Googles Android or browsers with HTML5?

Some (US based) figures from eMarketer shed light on the development of both operating systems.

And some previsions


For its part, HTML5 offers new possibilities in browser-based publishing with results comparable to APPs of Apple or Android. See i.e. New York Times in Chrome browser.

What brings HTML5? A short but quite demanding description is given by


I admire the simplicity and aesthetics of Apple’s new interfaces,  I am convinced that the openness of Android will convince many users and App providers and  I would prefer a multiplatform solution like HTML5. Now what?

Ever worried about your SVG graphics?

Not any more. Yesterday Microsoft published their fourth platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 – the last browser to get native SVG support – and I am here to tell you that it renders a lot of SVG content as was intended, right out of the box, the only caveat being: your box must be at least Windows Vista.

Check it out for yourself e.g. with this Price Kaleidoscope you might have seen at some conferences.

Internet Explorer 9 with native SVG support

If you’re stuck with WindowsXP in your office and wonder when this ubiquitous SVG world will come to a desk near you, you might be interested in SVG in Internet Explorer, a paper about possible transition strategies.