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HTML5 has been gaining momentum, now that Flash and older forms of HTML are starting to show their age. As users access the Internet from a plethora of different devices, compatibility issues have cropped up (especially between Apple devices and Flash). Keep reading for the latest news on HTML5's progress.

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June 08, 2012

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HTML5 has been gaining momentum, now that Flash and older forms of HTML are starting to show their age. As users access the Internet from a plethora of different devices, compatibility issues have cropped up (especially between Apple devices and Flash). Keep reading for the latest news on HTML5's progress.

There's good news for those who want to get their TV on all of their devices. Comcast and Cox Communications are throwing their efforts into HTML5-based program guides that support playback of TV content across a range of IP-based devices. The two companies showed these devices off at a CableLabs tru2way Home Networking interoperability event. Device manufacturers participating in the event include Samsung, Sony, and others. The devices supported multiroom DVR. Check here for full details.

Mozilla has been hard at work on HTML5 mobile hardware integration for Android. The issue they face, as characterized by Dan Rowinski, is “How do you tie a mobile browser to a device's hardware to turn it into a functional operating system?” If you can do that, your phone is no longer totally chained to the OS that came with it – and you open up lots of possibilities that may go well beyond what Apple or Google imagined. Boot 2 Gecko, unveiled near the end of 2011, just might make that dream come true. The HTML5 initiative is deeply focused on making apps that function across platforms – that are able, in fact, to be the platform AND the hardware.

The programmers working on this project hope to accomplish this through the use of WebAPIs. These are APIs that can connect data from one point to functions at another point through a web browser. The browser, in effect, becomes the platform, and HTML5 makes it happen, letting the browser's software interact with the mobile device's hardware. Paul Rouget, a developer working on this project, posted a demo just this week showing a working demo of WebAPIs performing some basic tasks on a mobile device. You can get more details on Mozilla's plans at the link in the previous paragraph.

Finally, HTML5 programmers will be excited to hear that DevCon5, the HTML5 and Mobile App Developer's Conference, has returned to New York. It will be held at the Kimmel Center on July 23-24. It will start with a community session by Peter Lubbers, senior director of technical communications at Kaazing Corporation, on the topic of “The HTML5 Connectivity Revolution.” Other sessions will cover designing with mobile in mind, creating massively cross-platform games with one HTML5 code base, and many other topics. More than 25 hands-on sessions will be conducted during the conference, with HTML5 experts from Adobe, Kaazing, LongTallVideo, Mozilla Labs, RIM, Sencha, and more. For more details, visit the Marketwatch story
 


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