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HTML 5 - Please enable images? :-) Weekly Issue 18
December 21, 2011
Welcome to issue 18 of HTML5 Weekly. If you observe it, I hope you're getting ready for a nice holiday season. HTML5 Weekly may take a one issue vacation itself, as I'm unsure if there'll be much to report on next week. We'll see how it goes, but if you don't get HTML5 Weekly next week, you'll know why :-) As always, thanks for subscribing.
News and Latest Developments
Chrome 15 Now World’s Most Popular Single Browser Chrome still hasn't trumped IE or Firefox for browser supremacy but in terms of being the most popular version of a browser, Chrome 15 has scooped it. Chrome's automatic updates seem to be a winning factor.
Internet Explorer to Get Automatic Upgrades across XP, Vista and Windows 7 Senior director of Internet Explorer, Ryan Gavin, notes that "everyone benefits from an up-to-date browser." Sure thing, so Microsoft is rolling out a plan to automatically upgrade Windows users to the latest version of IE in future. Big thumbs up.
Firefox 9 Pushed to Release Channel, Then Unpushed Again.. It seems there was a little confusion in the Mozilla camp as Firefox upgraded to version 9 around the world.. temporarily. Supposedly the real release will be today (Wednesday), however. The biggest win? Significantly improved JavaScript performance.
Chrome Tries Experimental Socket Support for Extensions Google has introduced an experimental socket API into Chrome for use by extensions (rather than regular Web pages).
First HTML5-based Radiology Viewer Approved by the FDA
TeleNav Launches Browser-Based Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation using HTML5
Firefox Nightly News: Latest Firefox Dev Updates Want to keep up to date with information about new additions and tweaks to Firefox's nightly builds? This is the tumblelog for you.
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Articles and Tutorials
The Smallest Possible Valid (X)HTML Documents Mathias Bynens goes all geeky on us and attempts to create the smallest, successfully validating documents in ISO HTML, HTML 2.0, HTML 3.2, HTML 5, XHTML 5 and many other standards. Some cute tricks involved.
The HTML5 'output' Element Coming in to the ever growing list of HTML5 tags you might not have heard of before is.. 'output'. Richard Clark shows off what it's for and how to work with it.
Android's Ice Cream Sandwich: The HTML5 Developer Scorecard Sencha is back with another 'HTML5 developer scorecard' where they review a device based on its HTML5 capabilities. This time, they pick up the Galaxy Nexus running Android 4 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich). Long story short? It performs admirably.
Why You Shouldn't Use MP3 in Your HTML5 Games As a respected member of the HTML5 game development tool world, it's interesting to hear Scirra warning us away from MP3. Why? Potential for licensing issues.
Managing HTML5 Offline Storage (by Google)
HTML5 Video Player Comparison Table A handy table listing 22 HTML5 video player tools and libraries and showing which features each supports. MediaElement.js seems to take the crown in feature count, at least.
An Introduction to Designing for Windows Phone 7 And Metro
A Roundup of Tech and Libraries at WebGL Camp Nicolas Garcia Belmonte recently attended WebGL Camp, a series of WebGL-focused events that take place in the Bay Area. He's written up an interesting account of the technologies covered, with plenty of links. We even learn that the Department of Defense is using the GLGE library.
Moving to Standards-based Web Graphics in Internet Explorer 10 Over on the IEBlog, the Microsofties tell us that VML (Vector Markup Language) and DirectX-based filter and transitions have been removed in IE 10 and that now developers should use modern standards like SVG and CSS3.
Changes to the DOM Full-Screen API in Firefox 11
An Update on Google Native Client Abel Avram puts together a compendium of links for InfoQ about Chrome's Native Client (NaCl) technology for running sandboxed native code in the browser. NaCl seems to present some interesting opportunities but, as yet, is still very much in its infancy.
O'Reilly's 'HTML5 for Publishers' A short and no-cost e-book about HTML5 aimed at publishers and anyone who wants to share content far and wide.
Code and Libraries
Slanger - An Open-Source 'Pusher' Implementation Pusher is a popular online service that uses HTML5 WebSockets (and fallbacks) to provide webapps with realtime messaging. Slanger, by Stevie Graham, is an open source implementation of the Pusher protocol so you can run your own Pusher-like service locally.
Mobile Perf: A Bevy of Mobile Browser Performance Tools in a Bookmarklet After last week's link to using Firebug Lite on Safari, Steve Souders got in touch to recommend his 'Mobile Perf' bookmarklet which gives access to several handy tools all in one simple bookmarklet. Excellent idea!
Demos
WebGL-powered 3D Nyan Cat
OK, it's silly, but it's Christmas in 4 days after all :-) The bizarre Nyan Cat meme makes it into the world of 3D using WebGL. (Warning: audio starts automatically.)
Santas Google+ List
A cool WebGL-powered visualization of the location of 31 million Google+ users. A good example of a WebGL page that presents an interesting visualization rather than over the top effects.
2011 in Review: 20 HTML5 Sites That Changed The Game
Last but not least..
The 2011 HTML5 and CSS3 Advent Calendar Sure, it's almost over, but this HTML5 and CSS3 themed advent calendar now has 20+ articles for you to enjoy. The topics are lighthearted (think borders, icons, shadows, and gradients) and the examples short and sweet.
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