Issue #22 - January 25, 2012
Welcome to issue 22 of HTML5 Weekly! After last week's gigantic bumper issue, a skinnier one this week as I've been on the road for the last couple of days :-) Thanks for your understanding! - Peter
Headlines and News
The folks behind HTML5 Boilerplate and Modernizer present HTML5 Please, a one-stop shop for looking up which HTML5 and CSS3 features are ready for use on today's browsers (or which can be used via polyfills).
Kendo UI Mobile provides a framework of native UI widgets for building HTML5-powered apps and sites that have a native look and feel across multiple mobile platforms.
Articles and Tutorials
Last week Apple announced iBooks Author, a tool to build interactive textbooks for the iPad. Here, Daniel Morgan demonstrates how to use the HTML5 animation tool Tumult Hype to create animations that will work within the iBooks Author tool.
ActiveTuts presents a fine introduction (complete with demo and source) of using the HTML5 Gamepad API, as supported in the currently nightly builds of Firefox and Chromium. Cutting edge stuff but coming to the masses soon..
The creator of Hopper (linked in last week's HTML5 Weekly) explains how he made Hopper's automatic detection and processing of pasted content into a Web browser work across different browsers.
A cool tutorial about the possibilities of using CSS's 'cursor' property to render custom mouse cursor images in a cross platform manner.
Videos and Presentations
In this presentation at QCon San Francisco 2011, Steve Souders discusses the impact of Web site speed on users providing advice on creating high performance HTML5 applications. It's almost an hour long and you get slides too. A lot of useful info here from a renowned expert.
A very detailed and demo-driven presentation of both new and existing HTML5 media elements and controls by Eric Bidelman of Google. A lot to enjoy here.
Code and Libraries
Version 3.0 of the popular Video.js is a complete re-write that now includes a common API to both HTML5 and Flash, an HTML/CSS skin that works for both HTML5 and Flash, and free CDN hosting.
.Net magazine does a roundup of 20 HTML5 games, complete with screenshots, links and explanations. I hadn't seen at least half of these and they're all slick, high quality choices. "World's Biggest PAC-MAN" is particularly crazy.
A project to show off what can be done with a mere 1 kilobyte of CSS on a pre-defined HTML page. Lots of examples to see and they're accepting submissions too.
Last but not least..
A large, but handy, list of shims, fallbacks, and polyfills that can reproduce HTML5 features in browsers that don't natively support them. Need SVG, WebSQL, WebForms, animated PNG, or more? You'll find a library to do it in this list.