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HTML 5 - Please enable images? :-) Weekly Issue 2
August 31, 2011
Welcome to issue 2 of HTML5 Weekly. Thanks for all of the support for the first issue, but enough time for back-slapping, let's get onto this week's links! :-)
News and Latest Developments
Mozilla's WebAPI Wants to Replace Native Apps With HTML5 Last week I linked to Mozilla's new WebAPI project, an attempt at a standardized HTML5 interface across phone platforms. This week, Scott Gilbertson analyzes Mozilla's position and intentions with the new framework.
ReadWriteWeb Poll: Will HTML5 Web Apps Eventually Dominate the Mobile Market?
The Sencha Share App Contest
Sencha, the JS and HTML5 framework folks, are running a contest to build a multi-user collaborative app using Sencha's toolkits. You get until late September to build your entry and prizes include a 2011 Nissan Leaf, a big pile o'money, and Apple goods.
Events
New Game - The Conference for HTML5 Game Developers
New Game bills itself as the 'only HTML5 game conference in North America' and it takes place November 1-2 in San Francisco, CA. Sounds like fun! Rich Hilleman, creative director of EA, is lined up as the first keynoter.
HTML5devconf: The HTML5 Javascript Developer Conference
HTML5 Dev Conf is a developer aimed at both HTML5 and JavaScript developers. It's on September 27, 2011 in San Francisco, speakers include Douglas Crockford, Steve Souders, and Lilli Thompsen, and topics cover the HTML5 and JavaScript gamut.
Articles and Tutorials
Developing Multiplayer HTML5 Games with Node.js
An excellent article by Googler Boris Smus about the concepts behind building a multiplayer, synced-up game using HTML5 and JavaScript, with a Node.js-based server.
Server-Sent Event Notifications with HTML5 Google's Ilya Grigorik takes a look at Server-Sent Events, a technology for providing push notifications from a server to a browser client in the form of DOM events. The SSE API is currently being standardized as part of HTML5.
How Browsers Work: Behind the Scenes of Modern Web Browsers A significant primer on the internal operations of Web browsers by Tali Garsiel and Paul Irish. How are HTML and CSS parsed? How are pages rendered? Definitely an interesting read.
Optimize Images With HTML5 Canvas Over at Smashing Magazine, Sergey Chikuyonok talks about sending low-bandwidth images over the wire to users and then enhancing them with effects at the client's end using HTML5's Canvas functionality.
A Developer's Guide to HTML5 Canvas Over at SitePoint, Malcolm Sheridan has put together a significant introductory article to the HTML5 Canvas element. It digs into drawing lines, boxes, and other shapes, colors, shadows, images, and more.
How To Create 3D Text using CSS3
Rohit Aneja demonstrates a cheap and cheerful (but effective!) wayto create a 3D effect on text using only CSS3's multiple text-shadow functionality.
How to Use HTML5 File Drag and Drop Craig Buckler kicks off a four-part series of posts tackling the art of managing files that are dragged and dropped into an HTML5 compliant browser. In this first part, he covers the basics of the HTML5 File API.
How to Change History with the HTML5 History API A very simple introduction to using the HTML5 History API to manipulate the browser history - useful for AJAX driven pages.
Facebook's Sean Ryan: Mobile Future Of HTML5 Still Murky, But Coming Sean Ryan of Facebook talks about the company's attitude over whether Facebook's mobile version will move toward HTML5 and abandon native apps on the mobile side.
HTML5 Forms Input Types, Attributes, and New Elements Forms are everywhere on the Web and HTML5 has given them a serious featureset boost. Robert Nyman takes a high level look at the new input types, new attributes, and more.
HTML5 And The Document Outlining Algorithm Over at Smashing Magazine, Derek Johnson looks at how to 'outline' the content on a page in order to logically apply HTML5 elements (like section, article, and aside) to it. If the nesting logic of these elements confuses you, this is a good read.
5 Obscure Facts About HTML5 LocalStorage
Tools
CSSDesk.com - An Online CSS Sandbox
HTML5 Snippets: An HTML5 Code Snippets Site
Code and Libraries
Jo: The Simple HTML5 Mobile App Framework Jo is a new mobile app framework working on iOS, Android, webOS, BlackBerry, Chrome OS and anything else with HTML5 support. You can make native mobile apps of web apps with the same code and it plays nicely with PhoneGap.
Recreating the Ken Burns Effect using Only CSS3 Transitions The Ken Burns effect is a visual effect involving the simultaneous panning and zooming of image. Ilmari Heikkinen demonstrates how CSS 3 transitions can simply recreate the effect.
HTML5 Reset: A Lighter Alternative to HTML5 Boilerplate
Demos
The WebGL Weather Globe
A demo of a 3D globe, rendered using WebGL, that has weather symbols overlaid on it. It's based off of Google's WebGL Globe and Weather API.
Last but not least..
HTML5 Showcase for Web Developers: The Wow and the How A seriously impressive HTML5-powered presentation built by Eric Bidelman and Arne Roomann-Kurrik and given at Google's 2001 I/O conference. There's a lot to see in its 71 slides and the HTML5 presentation on its own is an impressive piece of work. I think I'm going to be "View Source" on this for quite a while..
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