Issue #40 - June 6, 2012
Welcome to issue 40 of HTML5 Weekly. Sorry for the missing issue last week but I was busy being overwhelmed at the O'Reilly Fluent conference :-) Of course, this means I have plenty in store for this week.. enjoy!
News and Latest Developments
The latest Firefox release went live on the general release channel this week. Improvements include a new 'new tab' page, SPDY protocol support enabled by default, support for the column-fill CSS property, and 72 improvements to the inspectors and dev panels.
A hackathon promoting writing tests for CSS and SVG features that will help developers use open web standards across all browsers. Representatives from W3C, Google, Mozilla, Adobe and Microsoft will offer guidance.
An awesome slidedeck by Adobe Typekit's Sean McBride about using CSS3's effects along with font-face to reproduce elaborate real world and print looks with your Web typography.
Scirra has measured the performance of 23 combinations of browsers and devices with a real-world game test made using Construct 2, their HTML5 game creator. Surprisingly plenty of mobile configurations beat the worst desktop configurations.
An interesting collection of CSS examples for creating 34 different shapes and variants of shapes using 1 element, including pentagons, octagons, infinity symbols, and even a space invader.
Another excellent article from HTML5 Rocks.
O'Reilly Radar looks at some of the recent moves in the publishing world with regards to HTML5 vs native apps.
A 2 minute screencast looking at some of the new developer tools for CSS developers in Firefox.
A Web-based tool that generates a CSS template containing all the HTML elements, classes and IDs defined in your markup.
Safari on iOS has WebGL support but so far it's only enabled for iAds and not in the main browser. This 'workaround' enables it in all cases, though it's only for jailbroken devices. Video examples and source available.
Code and Libraries
A JS framework for quick and lightweight creation of location-based mobile web apps. You can develop your own native-like applications that benefit from Nokia's maps, search, routing, and places services.
Include this script after jQuery on your pages and get CSS3 powered transitions and animations in certain cases.
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appMobi is showing off their HTML5 build technology with a single game built for iOS, Android, Chrome, and Facebook (with Kindle Fire and Nook to come) using their cloud based system.
Last but not least..
I try to avoid linking to things that are not yet released but this looks interesting and got a lot of buzz this week. It's a forthcoming layer styles to CSS3 converter Photoshop plugin.