1. Hi, Craig! There are no tools that full advantage of the HTML5 spec, but in my HTML5 authoring tools session at DevLearn, I shared five authoring tools that publish to HTML and take advantage of the new parts of the spec to some degree: ToolBook, Lectora, Claro, mLearning Studio, and Luminosity Studio.

    That’s in addition to Articulate Storyline (still in beta, and I haven’t tried the HTML5 support yet) and the upcoming version of Studio, as well as Captivate’s still-in-beta converter. Someone mentioned Knowledge Presenter in the session as well, though I haven’t yet tried it.

    And that’s in addition to tools that aren’t necessarily “elearning” development tools, such as Dreamweaver. The landscape still isn’t nearly where I’d like it to be, but it’s gotten dramatically better over the past year.


    1. Correct. Five. It is listed on my updated directory, which will be launched later this week. I don’t know I said four. Typo.

      That said, true, none take full advantage of the HTML5 spec, but I would argue that unless someone is using an HTML5 development kit, that is going to be the case. I do feel that the Rapid Intake and Claro are the closest. Lectora, I have been underwhelmed with, and Toolbook and Luminosity are solid.

      I would concur on the landscape, especially considering that browsers did not start showing their latest versions for stronger support with HTML5 until late 2010, so all things consider – it is pretty impressive to have five.

      Knowledge Presenter does not output to HTML5. Actually the product that would have a shot at it is Professional X, a great tool, but does not output to HTML5.

      Thanks for the comments!


      1. Well, I guess there technically are more, but none that I give a lot of air time to. I give Raptivity props for being one of the first to market with HTML5 output, but since I don’t particularly like much of their design (instructional or graphic), the output matters much less.

        Very true that we’re not going to get tools that take full advantage of the spec — nor do we need to, I would argue. See below reply to Ryan. The real issue right now is that we don’t have tools that work as rapidly as we’re accustomed to, that output all of the things we want to do in HTML5, with interactivity intact. I’m starting to see some tool vendors advertise output to HTML5 when in fact, it’s just output to video. Very misleading.

      2. Actually Raptivity’s product is a packet of templates, not an authoring tool. Secondly, according to an expert in HTML5 I know, it is not 100% HTML5.

    2. Judy, in regards to taking full advantage of the HTML 5 spec, there are 2 things worth pointing out.

      1) The spec itself isn’t complete and is still subject to some change. Case in point, the recent controversy over the element.
      2) I don’t think there’s a browser on the market right now that takes advantage of the full HTML5 spec, although support for that along with CSS 3 and other advanced web technologies (local storage, web workers, etc.) is growing.

      1. Both of those things are true, Ryan. My comment didn’t have a lot of subtlety, so I’ll try to expand a bit here. There is no elearning authoring tool on the market today that takes advantage of as much of the spec as 90% of elearning requires, and most of *those* things are well within the established parts of the spec.

        That’s not a criticism per se, but it’s something that I try to make my audiences aware of. We’re always looking for the one tool that will solve all (or most) of our development issues, but the fact is that we’re at an early stage of the game. As much as I’d like to recommend a tool that is as powerful as ToolBook or Lectora, as easy to use as Claro or Articulate Studio, and yet creates output that plays well on modern browsers and iOS and degrades for older browsers… it just doesn’t exist yet.

      2. There is another vendor who outputs to HTML5. Digitec Interactive’s Knowledge Direct authoring tool outputs to HTML5. However, in order to use the authoring tool, at this time, you have to purchase the LMS.

  2. Craig, your assessment of Raptivity as “not an authoring tool” is right on. They sell it as one, but it is indeed a template package. That’s a pretty fine line in our industry these days!

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