CSS helpful more ways than one! {3}

by Daniel S
Adobe aims to implement magazines style to the Web with CSS (cascading style sheet) extension that adds new features to a person’s webpage. WebPages have a lot of features that you see in different types of magazines, but most WebPages need Flash to achieve the different kinds of features that CSS gives us.  Adobe is trying to makes things a little less hassle with a new extension that is currently proposing to the W3C. W3C is a validation check for the World Wide Web.  The article also talks about CSS Regions, the proposed additions from Adobe to the W3C  module. Some of the highlights of CSS include Story threading, region styling, content shapes and exclusions, and etc.  Region styling will apply size and color modes and other design elements to text depending on where it appears in the story. Some testers have already pointed out that CC Regions mixes too much layout detail among the code structure, but Adobe admits it is a work in progress and is looking to improve the product as it develops. read more...

Facebook’s Mobile HTML Dilemma {1}

by Jongwoo Y
With the new wave of mobile HTML5 applications coming through, Facebook is displeased with the rate Google and Apple have added HTML5 compatibility to their mobile browsers. Facebook recently announced that their HTML5 website has twice as many users than their Android or iOS counterparts (Constine, 2012). The problem with the applications that iOS and Android is that users are not able to use many of the basic Facebook features (photo uploads and high-performance HTML5 animations) that HTML5 users are able to enjoy. Faced with this problem, Facebook decided to create the W3C community group, a group dedicated to mobile device/application advancement, however, Apple and Google, the two big companies that control the mobile operating system market, have refused to join. This has become a huge problem as Facebook had over 105 million users on iOS and 100 million android users. Facebook is trying their best to convince these two companies to advance their browser’s HTML5 compatibility because the ads that they will be able to run under HTML5 compatible websites will be able to garner more revenue than the ones that are currently being used on the applications themselves. The W3C community group will become a huge factor in Facebook’s future probability; due to the fact that Facebook will soon be a public company and that Facebook’s ad revenues will be able to gain a significant lift which will make the company even more desirable (Constine, 2012). Though companies such as Mozilla and Opera have joined the group, iOS and Android are the companies that Facebook desire to attain. On the developer side, if HTML5 were to gain more compatibility with Android and iOS, developers would be able to port their applications to either of those two platforms with greater ease. This will be able to make more applications readily available to the general public and give developers more time to improve their current apps rather than investing time into porting them. read more...

Specification of CSS 2.1 {3}

by Jasmine C
Since 2004, the W3C’s CSS Working Group has been working on creating an official specification for CSS and a decade later, they did.  CSS 2.1 was released June 2011 and it became the first official specification.  The author states that by CSS being the language style for the web, you can easily manage your pages and the content on your pages can be separated so that it can be viewed on different devices.  So much work has gone into the formation of CSS 2.1 because it is going to be the official specification for web styling.  CSS 2.1 has been tested repeatedly to make sure that it works with different browsers.  This allows for developers to ensure that the their features are presented the way they want on different browsers.  The working group has been in the process of developing CSS 3, which basically builds off of CSS 2.1, but instead of creating a whole new standard, CSS 3 is going to be released in different modules that will build CSS 2.1. read more...

CSS 2.1 and W3C {2}

by Vincent S
Because our current lesson plan includes CSS, I decided to write about W3C and what purpose they serve.  W3C stands for the World Wide Web Consortium.  The W3C is an international community made up of individual smaller organizations.  Their job is to bring awareness of new internet technologies to the individual organizations who are members of the W3C.  They then form new standards and methods to regulate the use of the technology and whether or not to recommend them for use.  CSS 1.0 was first recommended by the W3C in the year 1996.  Recommendations have to be carefully examined by the W3C because the member organizations of the W3C have vested interest in the success of new internet technology.  It must be made clear that the new technology has real business application and is free of potential problems that can ultimately harm the World Wide Web as a whole.
Currently, we are in CSS version 2.1.  It was first brought to the attention of the W3C in 2004.  However, it did not receive official recommendation from them until June 2011.  Shortly after, announcements were made that they are now reviewing CSS 3, but probably will not see this version for a number of years.  The point is to know the process and be aware of the existence of the W3C.  This is an extremely important international organization that helps to safeguard the preservation of the Internet.  It is possible that a wrong or flawed technology can lead to instability.  So believe it or not, there is some regulation to web as an organization. read more...

The Latest CSS {2}

by Monica G
It’s finally here, the standardized CSS version 2.1. CSS, Cascading Style Sheets is exactly its name stands for; it’s the feel and presentation of a web page. The World Wide Web Consortium finally came out with this version in their latest session. It enables the designer to manage their pages with ease but at the same time continue to have a “powerful layout and design.” Most of the work that went into CSS 2.1 was to make sure it was a stable enough platform, therefore to do that numerous test had to be run on different devices, as well as various combinations of formats to ensure ease of use. As the article clearly states CSS Test Suite had 9,000 tests to ensure that browser makers can make sure that their pages are correctly rendered by the platform (Jackson, 2011). CSS 2.1 is already supported by browsers, but Philippe Le Hégaret, the head of the Interaction Domain for W3C, has advised that some makers would have to change a couple of things in order to ensure they can completely take advantage of this finalization. And as history repeats itself, W3C is already working on CSS 3. read more...

Standardization of The World Wide Web: HTML 5 {Comments Off on Standardization of The World Wide Web: HTML 5}

by Andrew N

Standardization of The World Wide Web: HTML 5

The World Wide Web Consortium is in the development process of standardizing HTML 5 in all web browsers. This new and improved markup language is  to incorporate all the proprietary applications into a standard application needed to do certain things on the internet such as watch videos or load content.  Although, HTML 5 has been introduced and been into the works, it has yet to prove any type of standard. It will be at least a decade for W3C to consider the language. Companies such as Adobe and Microsoft have countered by saying “At the same time though, Web companies say their proprietary tech­nologies are already up and running, unlike HTML 5.” (IEEE, 2010) HTML stemmed from back in the mid- 1980s and was organized by the Internet Engineering Task Force, but was taken over by W3C due to their procrastination. W3C has ever since been trying to improve on the language. HTML is going to let developers incorporate contents such as video, graphics, and animation into the JavaScript. Also, the standardization of a video codec is trying to be put into place where any video can run off a standard codec that is already included in the language. read more...

HTML 5 a Plug in Free Video and Audio {Comments Off on HTML 5 a Plug in Free Video and Audio}

by Tuyen H

In the article “HTML 5  Starts Looking Real,” Cherny writes about how HTML 5 replaces plug in features such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun Java FX. The first version on HTML was developed by Tim Barners Lee in 1991 based on hypertext linking of pages. Today, we are using XHTML and HTML version 5 which includes WHATWG and W3C. The HTML 5 includes many new tags such as nav, header, section, aside, and footer, and more.  Those new tags allow web developers to create their websites many new features. According to Cherny, HTML 5 allows web developers use follow features: read more...