HTML5 vs. Qt – Full Software Stacks in Comparison

HTML5 and Qt are both terrific technologies and choosing which one to use in your next project can be challenging. Because comparing Qt, a full-stack development framework, and HTML5, a standard for a modern implementation of an HTML application in a browser, is like comparing apples and oranges.

This whitepaper compares an HTML5 application, including its backend software layers and the architecture of a full-stack Qt application. We identify the differences in software architecture and how they impact both your application and your entire product strategy. We also account for the extended ecosystem, such as what third-party tooling and developer communities contribute, and how your choice of technology defines your choice of potential target hardware.

This whitepaper doesn’t aim to pick a winner, but to increase your awareness of which technology better fits a given situation, when it makes sense to combine the two, and how to make sure you plan for an open, scalable architecture. The focus of this white paper is on embedded devices and industry display panels. While a lot of the basics apply to a desktop or mobile environment, some of the nuances are more relevant for the embedded and industrial fields.