snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at 10 projects that are putting the potential of HTML5 on promising display, each of which shows how HTML5 breathes new life into Web applications, hinting at major shifts in programming to come. 'Smart designers see HTML5 as a way to create a single design out of basic tags and CSS directives that works well on many different machines and on many different screen real estates. It's never perfect, of course, but it's easier than writing Java for the Android phone, Objective-C for iOS, and an entirely different Objective-C for Mac desktops. Can HTML5 help the Web supplant native code? Only time will tell.'"
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner provides an in-depth comparison of the latest leading Web browsers, vetting Chrome 10, Firefox 4, IE 9, Safari 5, and Opera 11.1 for speed, HTML5 support, plug-ins, developer tools, and more. 'Is there a best choice? No, and choosing is harder than ever. The teams are adept at copying each other's best features, and the competition must be brutal. For us users, though, the torture is like trying to pick one chocolate from a sampler. The browsers don't come with calories, so we can choose all five and use them for different tasks. It won't make you fat, but it may consume all of your RAM.'"
snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister sees Google's discontinuation of Gears as a victory for open Web standards — and a significant challenge to the W3C's recent decision to treat HTML as a 'living standard.' 'It's tempting to interpret Gears' demise as a failure for Google, but that wouldn't be quite right. Rather, the decision to discontinue Gears... offers telling insight into the ongoing HTML standardization process,' McAllister writes, adding that Google's transition from Gears to HTML5 'will be an important test of the most significant revision to Web standards since 2001. Recently YouTube — a Google subsidiary — experimented with transitioning its streaming video service from Flash to HTML5, but relented when it determined that the Web standards-based approach would not be compatible with a broad enough range of clients.'"
snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister takes a first look at Wallaby, Adobe's experimental tool for transforming Flash content into HTML5, and finds the tool an interesting idea with little yet to offer. 'Wallaby engineers have made sound decisions in designing the tool, but what you actually get when you convert a Flash project to HTML5 is extremely limited,' McAllister writes, in large part because many Flash features are not supported, leaving developers to add their own interactivity with jQuery. 'The question is whether there's enough of a market for such a tool to justify developing it to shipping quality, or is the trend toward HTML5 and away from plug-in-based content too strong to generate much interest?'"
snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes an in-depth look at how HTML5's data communications functionality is helping create a faster, richer Web. Cross-document messaging, WebSockets, and other HTML5 APIs are bolstering website and browser interactivity, Wayner writes, as part of his series, which includes discussion of HTML5's presentation and data storage capabilities. 'All of these ideas for richer communications among websites and browsers should be both familiar and attractive to both developers and the ISPs. They reduce the need for extraneous message passing, and this alone should help cut down on some of the traffic on the Internet. However, the question of security still lingers. The browser teams already shut down the WebSockets feature after some smart scientists found a sophisticated way to abuse it. The ideas may seem simple, but the implementations may have mistakes.'
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes an in-depth look at HTML5's data storage capabilities, providing insights and caveats for HTML5 Web Storage, Web Database, FileReader, FileWriter, and AppCaching APIs. 'There is no conclusion to this section of APIs. We're not even far into the beginning of the beginning of what local persistence will do to the Web. There are many, many edge conditions to work out regarding who gets access to the data, how much data will be stored, and how long the data will live,' Wayner writes. 'Apart from the sessionStorage and localStorage objects, which all of the current leading browsers implement to some extent, browser support for the other APIs discussed here is sketchy.'"
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner launches the first in a series of articles on browser implementations of HTML5 capabilities. Focusing this round on the presentation layer, Wayner provides an overview of how Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera, and Safari stand on HTML5 canvas, HTML5 audio and video, SVG, and WebGL, providing developers with tips, samples, and resources for making the most of today's HTML5 presentation layer technologies on today's browsers."
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Dori Smith offers developers a hands-on guide to using HTML5 today. 'Many of the media reports about HTML5 have focused on the politics, the "not until 2022" sound bite, or on HTML5's prospects as a "Flash killer." The reality of HTML5 is simply that it's the long-needed and long-overdue update to HTML4 — and you can start to implement it today,' Smith writes. Video, semantic tags, smart form input validation — Smith steps through several HTML5 features that can already be implemented, while noting several other presentation features that will soon on their way. Smith also discusses IE work-arounds, such as HTML 5 Shiv and Google Chrome Frame."