HTML5, Reviving the “Dead Web” {1}

by Jongwoo Y
Technology revolving around users and the internet has been constantly evolving over the past twenty years. It has finally gone through the crux of personal computers and evolved into the focus of the development of mobile applications found on many mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android. This trend has left the normal “web” in a state of danger as developers focus more on applications, which hide data from the web while taking select information from it (Lohr, 2012). Due to these circumstances, the web has been left in a state in which it is not being constantly updated as it’s mobile application counter-parts. Tim Berners Lee, the “father” of the internet, was recently quoted in december saying “The web as we know it is in danger, the web can be broken down into fragmented islands (Lohr, 2012).” With this statement, Lee is able to explain the dire situation that the web is in; however, with the push of HTML5 technology, the web may still be able to bounce back. Popular internet browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer have recently implemented HTML5 technology while Google’s Chrome has been the posterchild for HTML5 browser technology for ages now. Apple’s Safari browser has actually taken it a step forward and nearly replaced it’s flash functionality by embracing HTML5’s media player capabilities. Jeffrey Jaffe chief executive of  the World Web Consortium, states that HTML5 is the “next big step of progress” for the internet. HTML5 will be able to allow browsers to run more apps with it’s rich technology and also help with the development of mobile applications due to it’s easier to code technology. Another thing that HTML5 will help is to get news organizations out to their customers in a more profitable fashion, without Apple as a middleman. Many web based developers have high expectations for the changes that HTML5 will bring and hope that it can revive the relatively dead “web”. read more...

A Better Firefox. {1}

by Mike Y
The Mozilla foundation release Firefox 9 on December 22, 2011. The web browser runs up to 36% percent faster than version 8. A small part of the user interface for Mac OS X 10.7 was changed while it stayed the same for Windows. It also patched 6 vulnerabilities. Firefox 12 is set to be released some time in April of 2012. read more...

HTML 5: Not Quite Stable {1}

by Monica G
Almost a year ago, browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, etc started popping up with HTML 5 but the problem was that it was not quite as stable as many would like. Yes it has great features but the problem many saw was the fact that a lot of testing still had to be done for it to be considered standardized. It is not to say that people weren’t trying out the features but a “comprehensive test suite” had yet to be completed. At the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), it was announced that the charter for the HTML 5 Working Group would be extended, meaning that people would continue to have their comments about HTML 5. However, there are hopes that a solid standard will be formed by 2014. Some of neat aspects about the HTML 5 that were being considered were the “one web concept” and “its new font framework.” But there are some controversial matters such as the codec for video tags because the W3C would prefer to use codec, but other big hitters like Microsoft and Apple use H.264. The reasoning behind preferring codec is simple, no one owns it; therefore it would be open and adequate. The authors point was that HTML 5 has the ability to bring new and fascinating opportunities to many industries, as we have already seen with Apple, for instance. read more...