Is HTML5 really practical?

Rick Harrison harrison at
Sat Aug 31 09:55:27 EDT 2019

Hi Bill,

LC HTML5 engine in my opinion isn’t practical for many of the
reasons other’s have stated.  It wasn’t created with the idea
that it was going to help you to create webpages. (That was
what I originally thought it would be used for, so you are not
alone in making that assumption.)  

It was created to help you to run a stack within a web-browser,
and so it has to download the engine to the web-browser
before it can perform any function. It’s functioning was
incomplete in some ways so it was “Experimental” for a
long time, and not a finely polished finished product.
It may still have some issues.

I felt that if one has to take the time to download
something, then one should probably just download
the appropriate app for the correct operating system
whether that is macOS, Windows, or Linux.  It’s not
like users don’t know how to do that by clicking on
a weblink. There isn’t any question about how much
functionality one is getting with an LC app then either.

What does work for making websites/webpages is:
Apache 2.x, LC Server, databases such as PostgreSQL, 
non-LC HTML5, and CSS.  I recommend PostgreSQL
as it’s license is an MIT license that is “Free as in water”,
and my be used for any purpose, commercial or
non-commercial.  One also does not have to post
one’s source code for PostgreSQL anywhere either.
(Other databases use some other form of GPL that
isn’t so nice or may require a subscription payment
of $500 per year.)

I hope this helps you with your decision making.

Good luck!


> On Aug 30, 2019, at 4:42 PM, William Prothero via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> Folks:
> I’m considering making a web site that will use livecode’s html5 engine. Is this practical? 
> What I want to create is a signup system for a kayaking club. Paddles are scheduled for each week and members enter their names for various paddle times. The member list would be in a database and there would also be a membership page with entries for various aspects of their skill levels.
> HH’s demos see to show reasonable engine load times, but I’m wondering whether it might be easier and better to just use the engine as a cgi and do everything in css and html.
> Frankly, I haven’t seen any compelling use case for livecode's html5. Is there one, at this time?
> Any thoughts?
> Best,
> Bill
> William A. Prothero
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