W3C HTML Working Group's 2014 HTML5 plan mapped out

"Challenges remain", but HTML WG confident on hitting 2014 completion date

The HTML Working Group, on request from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), has announced an official plan to move the HTML5 spec to ‘Candidate Recommendation’ (CR) by 2014.

'Candidate Recommendation', in other words, is a complete, finalised standard. HTML WG "sought to produce a plan that achieves this date and has minimal risk of delays from unexpected events", according to...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Application Craft’s DIY app builder aims to "kill" dev complexity

‘Build once, deploy everywhere’ platform to ensure cross-platform app building without unnecessary complexity – but is this good or bad?

UK-based startup Application Craft has launched its cloud-based development platform, designed to create simple, yet powerful development tools for devs of all skill levels.

Application Craft allows for cross platform development of HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

However unlike other DIY app platforms, AC does require at least a working knowledge of JavaScript,...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Java.

Taking the FT web app to Windows 8: Jim Cresswell, FTLabs #AppsWorld

Ask people to name a successful web app and, maybe eight out of ten times, they’ll mention the FT’s HTML5 app.

Deployed in the summer of 2011, the app became the first from a major brand to shun the various app stores and offer their users a tailored brand experience through a browser, across a tablet, smartphone or PC, using a single log-in and a single subscription.

DeveloperTech caught up with Jim Cresswell, one of the top Web App Developers at FTLabs,...

By Matt Henkes, 10 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Platforms.

Atari and Microsoft’s HTML5-fuelled retro gaming for IE

API will also be made available for third party devs to submit games

Atari, the type of company which will garner nostalgia-soaked affection or complete indifference dependent on your age, has teamed up with Microsoft to release a series of classic games for Internet Explorer which utilises HTML5.

The two companies have aligned with developer Grant Skinner, whose site proclaims “our site is simple because we are very busy building cool stuff for our fantastic clients”, to release an Atari Arcade...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, HTML5.

Facebook bins HTML5 and goes native for its iOS app

Facebook’s iOS app has been completely rehauled, going native instead of the original scaled up HTML5 to ensure a quicker app experience for users.

But as another story about Facebook targeting the mobile arena breaks – is this the right decision?

“One of the biggest advantages we’ve gained from building on native iOS has been the ability to make the app fast,” says Facebook developer Jonathan Dann in an engineers’ blog post.

User experience (UX) appears to be the most...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, HTML5, iOS, Languages.

Forrester report proposes continued HTML5 adoption

Industry at ‘inflection point’ as HTML5 ‘fast becoming de facto standard’

A report from market researchers Forrester has implored companies to embrace the current Web standards – in other words, bring HTML5 in and leave the likes of Flash to go.

The report by Peter Sheldon, entitled ‘The coming of HTML5’, notes that “the tide is turning”, citing companies such as Apple, Best Buy and Rue La La who are beginning to embrace HTML5.

Apple’s adoption perhaps isn’t...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5.

W3C tells their side of the story: the future of HTML5

Following the supposed ‘split’ between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) over their visions for HTML5, the W3C has made strides in reinforcing their canonical specification.

The W3C has appointed four editors for their spec, aiding the consortium in their quest to develop a stable standard for HTML5 by 2014.

The editors in question cover a wide range of the spectrum:

  • Travis Leithead and Erika Doyle Navara from Microsoft;
  • Ted O’Connor, an Apple employee;
  • Silvia Pfeiffer,...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Industry.

Brightcove acquires encoding platform Zencoder

Online video platform Brightcove has bought cloud-based video service Zencoder, alongside posting healthy second quarter revenues.

Brightcove, who are platinum sponsors for Apps World in October, will hope to utilise Zencoder’s Video.js, an open source HTML5 video player which has gained impressive market share in a short space of time compared to previous legacy systems running on Adobe Flash.

According to Zencoder, the cloud encoders will...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, HTML5.