Monday, November 21, 2011

HTML5 Week - Thanksgiving Special

This week we are going to catch up on some of the recent news around HTML5.  Stay tuned all week for articles on HTML5.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Facebook launched a new “HTML5 Resource Center” to assist developers with building, testing, and distributing HTML5 apps.  The Resource Center is available to all HTML5 developers.  According to the Facebook Developers website, “Web technologies today enable you to build the kind of experience that until recently could only be built with proprietary technologies, like Flash and native mobile platforms.  With the latest improvements in HTML5 and HTML5-capable browsers ubiquitous on desktops, smartphones and tablets, you can now build similar experiences using web standards.

In years past, users primarily used their apps on desktop.  These days, users have multiple devices, and expect their experiences to be seamless and interchangeable across all their devices – desktop, mobile and tablets.  Web enables you to build a seamless experience.”

To learn more about the Facebook HTML5 Resource Center visit:

Facebook has also created an HTML5 blog, which can be found at:

Amazon is adding HTML5 to its updated Kindle E-book format.  The new generation file format for Kindle books, KF8, will include new features and enhancements, including HTML5 support.  The new format will soon replace Mobi 7.  Amazon states in the announcement that the KF8 format “adds over 150 new formatting capabilities, including fixed layouts, nested tables, callouts, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics, opening up more opportunities to create Kindle books that readers will love.”  

The Amazon announcement can be found at:

Appcelerator will add HTML5 expertise with acquisition of Particle Code.  Appcelerator announced on October 25, 2011, that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Particle Code.  Appcelerator is an integrated mobile platform for rapidly developing native and mobile web applications using open web technologies.  According to the press release, “The acquisition enables Appcelerator to expand its platform used by over 1.6 million developers to become the first mobile platform to offer an integrated native, hybrid, and HTML5 web application solution.”

Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.