HTML5

Facebook likely to back away from HTML5 for now {2}

by Taylor G
The article I choose to talk about related to Facebook betting big on HTML5 by releasing their iPhone and Android applications in HTML5.  The reason Facebook decided to use HTML5 instead of the native software for the Google owned Android, and the Apple owned iOS because they viewed HTML5 as a neutral platform.  They were able to build apps that were unified across various platforms from Android’s and iPhone’s.  Facebook was hoping that other mobile developers would also move in the direction towards HTML5.  Since Facebook has so much traffic over their News Feeds and the millions of Like buttons grabbing information from all over.  There is a huge drawback to the switch to HTML5 though, and its pretty significant.  Unlike the native software for platforms, HTML5 had to load like a webpage within the apps causing huge delays when opening the app, taking pictures, uploading them to the internet, since it had to load like a real page.  Up until last week Instagram, a social networking site that shares only photos and comments, was only on the iOS platform.  Last week Instagram released their Android app and has reached 30 million users.  A week ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 Billion.  Some are betting that this huge purchase allows Facebook to back out of HTML5 for the time being. read more...

Mobile Web Development {1}

by Han C
“Designing For The Future Web” talks about some of the most significant changes in web development and encompasses not just the artistic design but also the skills built around developing websites for mobile phone applications and how to integrate them from a modular sense. The article offers insight, tools, and other resources for developing a portable website but also discusses the technologies involved and their limitations. In addition, the author provides some basic rules of thought in building a portable website as well as offers some helpful HTML5 tutorial links. Furthermore, the article touches briefly about some prominent technologies including Flash, HTML5, and a bit about javascript, elaborating that Youtube, Netflix, and Gmail all have HTML5 versions of their websites that are designed for mobile experience. read more...

The future of the web, HTML5 {3}

by Gerardgon Z
The world wide web is a constantly evolving and improving beast. We have gone through many versions and advances in this online world that what we will not even recognize the original version of the world wide web. It is now so intertwined with our daily lives and activities that without it we would feel isolated and disconnected from the rest of the world. HTML5 brings with it powerful  improvements and features that will only strengthens our bonds with the real and online world. The article talks about the new elements in it and how familiar yet different it is from the previous HTML. It vastly improves on the number of APIs that comes with it and its offline capabilities and application cache. HTML5 is also being developed in order to better support mobile devices to improve our experience with the web in a constantly connected world. read more...

Businesses: Is HTML5 for You {2}

by Davina V
This article discuses the pros and cons of using html5 for business that are building and deploying web content. Some of the reasons to use html5 includes: deployment across multiple platforms, which leads to maintaining one batch of code with less maintenance and a lower lifetime cost; offers more storage options; development of html5 apps may lead to better access on business intelligence on mobile phones. However, the most prominent cons that come into mind are that the promises that html5 make have not come into realization; and html5 is incompatible with Internet Explorer which is an extremely popular browser. It is highly recommended to get a programmer familiar with html5 if you decide to go through this route. read more...

Sectioning root {3}

by Jamal A
The web is constantly evolving. New and advanced websites are being created every day, pushing the limits of HTML in every direction. The HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is the original language of the World Wide Web. HTML 4 has been around for nearly a decade.  However, HTML 5 was introduced not too long ago and It helped developers to create more exciting websites and applications, it enhances a wide range of features including “form controls, API, multimedia, structure, and semantics”. The article I read talks about sectioning root in HTML5. “A sectioning root is a part of the document that defines a root or top level section”. The author of this article, Jennifer Kyrnin, explained that the content in a sectioning root will not appear in the main site outline. Meaning, HTML creates automated outlines of every page. But in order to create the outline, it needs to know what elements can be outlined and which ones cannot. In reality you would not need an outline of the head section of the document, because that does not display to readers.  So the most common sectioning root that most web pages will have is the body element. I think it is important to remember that the first heading element that is found inside a sectioning element is considered to be the heading for that section. read more...

HTML4 to HTML5 …why the change? {2}

by Evin C
Having been discussing the differences between HTML4 and HTML5 in class, I feel this article is quite appropriate. To begin, one must understand the concept behind the different versions of HTML. In the article it is stated that, “HTML5 represents a structural change in how the web works. The term technically is used to describe the fifth generation of changes made to Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, the main tool used to organize content on websites. However, it also is used as an umbrella term to include other recent changes made to web standards, such as Cascading Style Sheets, which are used to control colors, fonts and other visual elements of websites.” Now having a general understanding, the differences between HTML4 and HTML5 have been useful enough to already push businesses to adapt the new standards and deliver new websites based off HTML5. Although websites have already been produced with these standards, the article goes on to note that “HTML5 standards have yet to be approved formally by the World Wide Web Consortium, which defines the various standards developers should follow when building websites. Even so, new versions of most web browsers have been designed to work with many of the changes”. There are plenty of resources available to research the differences between the two but it is useful to understand the “behind-the-scenes” work that goes into these standards. read more...

HTML5 and CSS3 {1}

by Daniel M
The article that i read was about the use of HTML5 and CSS3 together. The first thing to note is that HTML5 will load pages much faster due to the fact that it uses webSockets. WebSockets basically will allow for more live interaction between the browser and the web page and this will allow for the real time creation of games and videos. Also like a lot of other people are talking about, HTML5 allows for mobile devices to play videos without plug-ins and without the need to write phone specific code. HTML5 builds on top of HTML4 so most of the tags are the same except for a few new ones and a few tags that got replaced. As far as CSS3 goes, it is not supported by all browsers yet but CSS3 will allow you to make changes to your website similar to what you could do using javaScript without the need for javaScript. According to the article, CSS3 will allow for such features as text shadowing, Rounded corners, this feature get rid of those sharp corners without using images. You can also do multiple backgrounds overlaid over each other. You can now add new fonts if you want. CSS3 also allows you to submenus upon hovering, horizontal menus, menus with rounded edges, submenus with tabs, submenus with descriptions. CSS3 with HTML5 seems to allow an almost infinite amount of options. read more...

HTML5 is here to stay!? {4}

by Bernard T
The articles I read had to do with this week’s topic of course which was, HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language, which is the universal tongue of our web browsers. In particular HTML5, which to a lot of people is considered the next big thing in HTML, but of course not everyone will agree with this statement. One of the articles gave its reasons to why HTML5 should be implemented by everyone now and they mean now! It gave some compelling reasons to why every web developer, be they professional or beginner should get on the HTML5 bandwagon. According to the author, “HTML5 is the revolution that the web needed and the fact is, it is the future whether you like it or not — suck it up and deal with it. HTML5 isn’t hard to use or understand and even though it’s not fully adopted yet, there are still plenty of reasons to start using it”. The author had a comprehensive list of reasons, 10 in fact which supported his argument and although I cannot get into great detail about all of them I will list some of his points starting from 10th  all the way down to his number one reason; read more...

An Overview of HTML5 {1}

by Alexander H
In August, Adobe surprised the Web development community by releasing a preview of software for building rich internet applications called “Edge”. Edge uses a newly emerging set of Web markup and programming standards based on HTML5. Adobe’s Flash multimedia platform has delivered interactivity, animations, and rich graphics to Web browsers for years. The functionality of the Flash application can be replicated with HTML5. Once it is fully supported in browsers, it could replace Flash altogether. This would then eliminate the need for plug-ins and costly authoring tools from Adobe and others. It has been backed by Apple, Facebook, and Google as well. Apple has considered removing Flash from iPhones and iPads, citing flakiness of the platform and using HTML5 as an alternative. “Facebook has set up a HTML5 resource center, in hopes that developers would use the technology to build mobile apps that can be accessed through Facebook” (Joab Jackson) Google is also using HTML5 to build the next generation of Gmail. One thing is known, HMTL5 is far from replacing Flash’s powerful legacy. There are still many improvements and updates to be made before it can replace Flash, as well as other plug-ins. read more...

The New Web HTML5 {2}

by Michael M
A summary of what I read this week was a journal about HTML 5. HTML 5 is not a accepted by the World Wide Web Consortium. It is being approved by many companies becuase many people know that HTML 5 is going to be the future of the web. Today we see sites that are actually haveing to format and make two sites one that is made more mobile phones while the other one is formatted for computers. If HTML 5 comes out and is accepted it will help developers because there will only have to be one page developed and it will be written with html5. The things that are changing with html 5 is cascading style sheets. HTML 5 will help developers with animation, video, and other multimedia elemenys into websites without using software such as Flash. Flash has been critized by Apple from Steve Jobs because Flash has to much power and that is how computers are getting viruses. So with HTML 5 in place Flash may becomce obsolete unless Adobe can jump on the bandwagon and work with developers of HTML5. read more...