Issue #7 - October 5, 2011
Welcome to issue 7 of HTML5 Weekly. It's a short issue this week as my 2 year old daughter passed on a nasty stomach bug to me and I'm writing this from my sick bed (where, sadly, I don't have access to many of my links). I'm not one to let you down though, but we'll be back to full service next week! :-) - Peter
News and Latest Developments
ComputerWorld points to data from browser usage tracking company StatCounter that suggests Chrome will soon pass by Firefox to take the number 2 popularity spot.
The much esteemed author Mark Pilgrim seems to have committed some form of 'info suicide' by taking all of his projects offline. Thankfully, his most useful work, including the fine 'Dive Into HTML5' is already being mirrored.
Articles and Tutorials
Wesley Hales, a senior developer at Red Hat, presents an in-depth article about optimizing mobile performance on HTML5 pages by leaning on hardware acceleration, caching, and network profiling and detection.
Layer Styles is a clever little Web-based tool that lets you stylize an HTML element using a Photoshop-style interface. Very clever, very effective, and a great imitation of the Adobe interface.
Screenfly is a simple, but elegantly executed, tool for viewing Web sites at a variety of resolutions.
Code and Libraries
This small 'raycaster' demo isn't going to blow your socks off. It's a (not very fast) Wolfenstein 3D-style demo but, notably, the code behind it is short, simple and easy to read.
Want to drive your own Bugatti Veyron? Now, thanks to WebGL, you can, in this pretty striking demo. How long till we get a full Gran Turismo-style game in the browser?
Last but not least..
A lighthearted look at Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 in song form.