What is an HTML5 Document Viewer?

The world is moving fast and the web even faster. Standards and technologies change on an almost daily basis. Using an HTML5 Document Viewer can help you in your day-to-day website needs, but how?

An example of this ever shifting landscape is when Steve Jobs went to war on Adobe’s Flash technology – Thoughts on Flash – Steve listed in over 1500 words why he believed Flash should be a thing of the past, why it was never a good idea and what would replace it.

In steps HTML5, In Steve’s own words:

Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash).

This among other reasons is why we’ve build Doc Conversion API, our aim is to provide a HTML5 document viewing experience that does away with power hungry plugins that result in instability in your browser of platform.

HTML5 Document Viewer
An Excel spreadsheet rendered inside our HTML5 Document Viewer

Features of Doc Conversion APIs HTML document viewer include:

  • Multiple Document Format Support
    • Most common file formats including PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, MSG files and many many more.
  • Cross-platform compatibility
    • Your end users will be able to view documents from any web-enabled device that has an HTML5 capable browser, including
      • IE8+, Microsoft Edge,Chrome, Chrome for Android, Firefox, Safari 5+, Mobile Safari
  • Supported Devices
    • iPhone / iPad
    • Android smartphones and tables
    • Windows Mobile
    • PC + Mac
  • HTML5 based text rendering
    • You’ll be able to select, copy and paste text from within your documents
    • This also enables find and highlight functionality within your documents
  • A easy to use Web UI – NO PLUGINS NEEDED!
    • Scroll through your documents easily
    • Simple and intuitive thumbnail view
    • Landscape and portrait document views are supported
    • Download your documents or print them from the browser
  • Super easy to install and deploy
    • Install our HTML5 document viewer in around 6 minutes (That was our fastest deployment yet!)
    • No downloads or installs for your customers to wrestle with
    • Fully feature REST API, allowing you to embed the HTML5 document viewer within your own apps
    • On-premise or cloud based install
    • WordPress, Umbraco, Dot Net Nuke, HTML Website, PHP website support
  • Super friendly and English speaking support team

If you’re looking for a lightweight, easy to install HTML5 Document Viewer for your website or application, just sign up for a free account or get in touch, we’ll be really happy to show you around.


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