Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 – Week of November 18, 2012

A lot of evolution has happened thus far in 2012 with HTML5.  The best use cases for HTML5 are being discovered, while the areas that are weak are now better understood.  I expect additional development and increasing use of HTML5 in 2013. 

I believe in HTML5.  IT organizations have as their number one priority, solving business needs, followed by managing TCO (total cost of ownership).  HTML5 fulfills both of these needs.  If a mobile worker needs order and inventory information while on the road, they don't need every bell and whistle possible in native code.  If HTML5 can efficiently enable many of these small mobile apps that provide real productivity to be developed and deployed quickly at low costs, then IT organizations should be embracing it.  If you have time later, find a use case for native, but don't delay productivity gains in order to justify developing in native.

Now for the news...

The Wikimedia Foundation is deploying an HTML5-based video player that will make it easier to add video clips to the millions of articles on the Wikipedia site.  Read Original Content

Researchers at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology report online tracking technology is evolving as tracking techniques like Flash cookies are being replaced by HTML5.  The use of Flash cookies dropped 15 percent from May to October 2012 and HTML5 local storage use increased by 12 percent.  Read Original Content

Google has launched a new experimental and interactive web app, JAM with Chrome, built with HTML5, CSS3 and the Go programming language. Read Original Content

Sencha has released version 2.1 of the Sencha Touch JavaScript library for mobile devices, designed to help developers create HTML5 apps for mobile platforms including iOS, Android and BlackBerry.  Read Original Content

The BlackBerry 10 browser has passed Ring 1 of the Ringmark benchmark standard for HTML5 app compatibility.  Read Original Content

Amit Gupta of JoomlaIntegration believes HTML5 apps for Smartphones “have a better user interface, utilities for events and other effective features”.  Mobile shopping from applications using HTML5 is formulated with the Database, Canvas and GeoLocation API’s.  Read Original Content

Developer David Walsh describes and demonstrates “Camera and Video Control with HTML5”.  Read Original Content

An executive at European news outlet FinancialTimes.com recently stated the decision to focus on HTML5 rather than native apps resulted in increased mobile usage and revenues for the company.  “The reports of the death of HTML5 are greatly exaggerated.”  Read Original Content

Microsoft’s new SDK for IE10 enables developers without advanced expertise in CSS and HTML5 to “create site features such as multiple columns, positioned floats and device adaptations” and features an HTML5 application cache that makes website files available offline.  Read Original Content

Maltese furniture house Fino has redesigned its website using HTML5 technologies and is now easily viewed on desktops and mobile devices.  Read Original Content

LinkedIn has replaced the HTML5-powered search function on its iPad app with native code, and the company reports it saw a 20 percent increase in searches as a result of the change.  Read Original Content

Mozilla has released Popcorn Maker 1.0, a free online video editor built entirely in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics announced it has added HTML5 support for its Pro:Centric IPTV platform for the hospitality industry.  Read Original Content

FTAdviser has launched a new mobile web app built using HTML5 technology “to provide an effective, interactive user interface without the need to download through an online store”.  Read Original Content

Jaspersoft has replaced the Flash-based visualization engine with HTML5 in the new release of its business intelligence suite.  Read Original Content

Tom’s Guide provides a list of “20 HTML5 Games to Pass the Time”.  Read Original Content


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