Adopted or abandoned: Microsoft details Chromium-based Edge features

Microsoft has provided details of what features are being adopted or abandoned from Chromium for its Edge browser reincarnation.

Last year, Microsoft announced it would be scrapping development of its EdgeHTML engine (a decision criticised by some) and switching to Chromium for its Edge browser.

In providing reasons why it made the switch, Microsoft cites better web compatibility for users, less fragmentation for developers, and the ability...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Microsoft.

Google will revise ad blocker-killing Chromium proposal

Google has decided to revise its proposed Chromium update that would have killed ad blockers and some other extensions.

The proposal, to restrict Chromium's script blocking capabilities to the new DeclarativeNetRequest API instead of the old webRequest API, caused a backlash from extension developers and users.

Chromium engineer Devlin Cronin provided an update on Google Groups following the outcry:

“I’d like to reiterate that all of these changes are still in the draft and...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, API, HTML5, Industry.

Microsoft Staffer: Mozilla, give up and switch to Chromium too

A staffer for Microsoft has said Mozilla should follow his employer’s decision to switch from its own rendering engine to Chromium.

Microsoft recently announced it’s halting development of its EdgeHTML rendering engine and switching its Edge browser to Google’s Chromium this year.

Privacy advocates Mozilla shared their concerns about Microsoft’s decision.

In a blog post, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard wrote:

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Microsoft.

Chrome update to kill ad blockers will affect other plugins

An update to Chrome which appears intended to kill the use of ad block plugins will impact extensions in other categories.

The change would restrict Chrome's script blocking capabilities to the new DeclarativeNetRequest API instead of the old webRequest API.

Raymond Hill, Author of the uBlock Origin and uMatrix ad blockers, said in a bug report:

“If this (quite limited) declarativeNetRequest API ends up being the only way content...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, HTML5, Industry, JavaScript.

Egretia mashes up HTML5 and blockchain

Beijing-based company Egret Technology is planning to combine two of the most important modern technologies, HTML5 and blockchain, in a project called Egretia. The idea behind Egretia is solving some technical issues in the HTML5 game industry—such as multiplayer matchmaking, digital item marketplaces, data storage, advertising and crowdfunding—using blockchain.

Egret is already well-known in the HTML5 community due to its work on HTML5 development tools, including an engine, IDE and...

By William Judd, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Mobile, Platforms.

W3C approves EME digital rights standard – with Electronic Frontier Foundation resigning

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has voted to approve Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a Web standard – yet some organisations are not happy about the result.

EME is an API which allows plugin-free playback of encrypted content in Web browsers. As the W3C wrote, in a missive confirming the vote: “The viewing experience of watching movies and TV shows on the Web has now moved from a cumbersome and possibly insecure arrangement to the security of the Open Web Platform.

“The integration...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, HTML5.

Google brings new and updated APIs with Chrome 60

Google has updated its popular Chrome browser with new and updated APIs for developers to improve the experience for all users.

Currently available in the beta channel, Chrome 60 includes a brand new Paint Timing API, enhancements to the Credential Management API, and improvements as to how pages are rendered with a new CSS Font-Display feature.

Paint Timing API

The Paint Timing API is designed to help web developers gauge how quickly a web app or page loads to help make improvements where necessary. This is...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, HTML5.

A certification program from Google has launched for mobile site developers

Google has announced the launch of a new certification programme for mobile site developers to prove their worth.

The new exam covers various aspects of mobile website development from the basics of why mobile-optimised sites matter, all the way to methods of improving mobile site speed, the importance of optimal UX design, and topics such as progressive web apps.

Passing the exam allows you to promote yourself with the honour of being a Google accredited mobile site developer who has “demonstrated...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Mobile.

Google takes its Optimize tools for website A/B testing out of beta

Google has removed the beta tag from its Optimize tools for A/B website testing as part of today’s global launch.

Optimize and Optimize 360 first came on the scene back in 2015 when a limited beta was launched to offer a lucky few additional help with their websites. Running on top of Google Analytics, the Google Optimize tool allows developers to see which versions of their website receive the best reception based on a set objective.

“We love the fact that Optimize 360 seamlessly integrates with...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, HTML5, Testing.