Issue #10 - October 26, 2011
We've made it to issue 10 of HTML5 Weekly :-) If you've missed any earlier issues, see the issue archive link at the top of this e-mail. Lastly, thanks for subscribing and.. let's get straight onto it:
News and Latest Developments
Kindle Format 8 is the next generation file format for Kindle books and will include HTML5 support to provide authors with rich formatting and design features. SVG and CSS3 will be among the list of technologies included.
The latest Opera Labs release adds two new features: 1) native pages, where CSS3 extensions are used to split content into pages that can be 'turned' in a natural manner, 2) getUserMedia, for setting the source of an HTML5 video element as the input of the user's webcam.
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Articles and Tutorials
In an article for SitePoint, Malcolm Sheridan demonstrates using HTML5's video and audio tags, how they work in modern browsers, and what the fallback scenarios look like.
Tsveti Georgieva presents a nice roundup of 10 significant differences between HTML4 and HTML5. Definitely entry level stuff.
Native Client is a Chrome feature for running specially compiled, native code in the browser. This article describes their experience porting the arcade machine emulator MAME to Native Client.
Recently, Yehuda Katz and Paul Irish asked for ideas about how the Web could be improved by fixes or additions to leading browsers. Here, Paul shares the results. Rendering a DOM element to Canvas sounds interesting.
IE doesn't yet support WebGL natively but Patrick Cozzi looks at 5 alternative approaches to getting WebGL running within IE in one form or another.
HTML5 added a 'placeholder' attribute for placeholder text in text input form fields but so far the support is lacking. This blog post outlines a technique for rolling out support for it across the field while still maintaining future compatibility.
Videos and Media
Matt Seeley of Netflix discusses how WebKit based UIs are appearing on televisions, consoles and media players, and how WebKit's features can be leveraged to get high performance animations, compositing and rendering overall.
WhatFont is a handy tool for checking what fonts are used on a Web page. It even supports fonts that come from TypeKit or the Google Font API and it's available to install in bookmarklet, Chrome extension, and Safari extension forms. I've installed it and it works a treat.
Last but not least..
From the department of light heartedness comes plans for an HTML5 themed carving for your Halloween pumpkin. Happy Halloween, everyone!