Examining the digital rights management debate on HTML5

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has added its weight to the likes of Google, Microsoft and Netflix requesting digital rights management (DRM) for the HTML5 web standard.

And it’s safe to say that it’s not the most popular idea in the industry.

Given that Flash is now on its way out, HTML5 appears to be the way forward for browsers. But the idea of an open standard being hit with DRM, locking down browsers so users can’t access content the browser thinks it’s not allowed to...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Apple 'app fatigue' setting in, according to job research

A report from outsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com has revealed that Apple iOS jobs have dropped in Q4 2012, for the first time in the report’s history.

The results were calculated in a list of the top 50 jobs in the IT industry, and was extracted from 261,003 jobs posted on Freelancer.com during the third quarter of 2012.

And it transpired that there are fewer Apple jobs on the market now than a few months ago. Jobs related to iPhones went down from 5508 to 5298 jobs posted – a downturn of 3.8%...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, HTML5, iOS.

HTML5 for mobile developers - a comprehensive guide

By Santthosh Babu Selvadurai, Senior Mobile Developer at InMobi

Why HTML5 and why now?

When it comes to touch-screen mobile devices, native applications have led the way in terms of performance, speed and tighter integration to specific platforms. Unbound by the need to conform to standards, native apps could rapidly take advantage of the latest hardware and operating system innovations, while Web technologies always had to wait for the international community to agree and implement standards first.

But with...

By InMobi, 28 January 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Is it time for a single standardised web browser?

A recent study by Forrester Research has made the case for a single standardised web browser for internet users. The argument for this is that there are hidden costs involved in having multiple non-standardised browsers.

Of the 113 IT professionals who were surveyed, nearly all of them (96%) said they standardise on a single browser for use on work PC’s. Enterprises are now deciding whether to support non-standard browsers as the report suggests it can be costly. According to the firms which offered a multiple...

By Ampheon, 22 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, HTML5.

W3C announces completed HTML5 definition

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has today published the complete definition of the HTML5 specification, allowing a more stable standard for businesses and developers to utilise.

“As of today, businesses know what they can rely on for HTML5 in the coming years, and what their customers will demand,” said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO, adding: “Likewise developers will know what skills to cultivate to reach smart phones, cars, televisions, ebooks, digital signs, and devices not yet known.”

The W3C had back...

By James Bourne, 17 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Will HTML5 change the future of web design as we know it?

When HTML5 is finally released in July 2014, it will change the face of the internet. This was recently reaffirmed by Designer and Consultant Jen Simmons who spoke at Event Apart, an annual design conference which this year was held in Chicago. In her speech she said that, “HTML is more than paving the cowpaths. "There's a lot of stuff in the spec about databases and communication protocols and blahdiblah backend juju. Some of that stuff is pretty radical. And it will change how you design websites."

In...

By Ampheon, 07 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5.

HTML5 boom brings multiple OS mix to boil

Results of a survey from Sencha have revealed that the majority of companies polled think that dev skills in Web technologies are a more vital skill than native development skills.

Just over two thirds of companies (68%) polled – comprising 1400 mobile developers, managers and corporate execs – stated that their best skills in development were in the likes of HTML5, JavaScript and CSS rather than iOS (14%) and Android (13%) native development.

This aligns with a number of prevalent HTML5 trends; not least the...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, HTML5.

Is HTML5 adoption the real deal for developers?

Kendo UI spoke to over 4,000 software developers, who reaffirmed that HTML5 was the real deal.

The majority of developers prefer the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) HTML5 spec as opposed to the WHATWG (Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group) ‘living’ standard.

That’s one of the cornerstone findings from Kendo UI, a division of end-to-end solutions and tools provider Telerik, in a survey entitled ‘HTML5...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Security.

LongTail: What is the state of HTML5 video?

State of HTML5 video looks healthy for now, but how does LongTail Video's results compare with other tests?

LongTail Video, the creators of the JW Player, has updated its State of HTML5 Video report, which shows a healthy uptake for HTML5 video on browsers although isn’t at completion yet.

According to the research, nearly four in five browser and device manufacturers (79%) can play HTML5 video – in other...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Testing.