While HTML5 has been in use for a few years, the fact that it wasn’t a full W3C Recommendation (in layman’s terms, an official release of the next version of HTML) provided leeway for browser developer interpretation and understandably hindered more widespread adoption. All standards need to continuously evolve to remain relevant and useful so this is not the end HTML development, but now there is a stable specification that will help normalize browser support and encourage reluctant app developers to invest more fully in HTML5.
“Today we think nothing of watching video and audio natively in the browser, and nothing of running a browser on a phone,” said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. “We expect to be able to share photos, shop, read the news, and look up information anywhere, on any device. Though they remain invisible to most users, HTML5 and the Open Web Platform are driving these growing user expectations.”
HTML5 brings to the Web video and audio tracks without needing plugins; programmatic access to a resolution-dependent bitmap canvas, which is useful for rendering graphs, game graphics, or other visual images on the fly; native support for scalable vector graphics (SVG) and math (MathML); annotations important for East Asian typography (Ruby); features to enable accessibility of rich applications; and much more.
HTML5 Proposed Recommendation published on schedule.
The HTML Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of “HTML5.” This specification defines the 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In this version, new features are introduced to help Web application authors, new elements are introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention has been given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability. Comments are welcome through 14 October. Learn more about the HTML Activity.
The W3C has published the July 2014 edition of Standards for Web Applications on Mobile, an overview of the various technologies developed in W3C that increase the capabilities of Web applications, and how they apply more specifically to the mobile context.
A deliverable of the HTML5Apps project, this edition of the document includes changes and additions since April 2014, notably a new section covers the emerging field of integrated payments on the Web, following recent work started by W3C in this space. Learn more about the Web and Mobile Interest Group (WebMob).
If you think you have figured out your strategy for mixing and matching support for web and mobile channels, keep in mind that this is not a a one-time project but an ongoing affair. There is always discussion about this at our conference, but this W3C activity is a good way to keep up with details minus the bias and hype. Of course the W3C promotes their standards, but that is not a bad thing.
The W3C announced today that the HTML5 definition is complete, and on schedule to be finalized in 2014. This is excellent news for the future of the open Web, that is, all of us. If you were involved in discussions about mobile development strategies at our recent conference you’ll want to check out all the details at http://dev.w3.org/html5/decision-policy/html5-2014-plan.
W3C published today the complete definition of the “HTML5” and “Canvas 2D” specifications. Though not yet W3C standards, these specifications are now feature complete, meaning businesses and developers have a stable target for implementation and planning. “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. HTML5 is the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform, a full programming environment for cross-platform applications with access to device capabilities; video and animations; graphics; style, typography, and other tools for digital publishing; extensive network capabilities; and more.
To reduce browser fragmentation and extend implementations to the full range of tools that consume and produce HTML, W3C now embarks on the stage of W3C standardization devoted to interoperability and testing. W3C is on schedule to finalize the HTML5 standard in 2014. In parallel, the W3C community will continue its work on next generation HTML features, including extensions to complement built-in HTML5 accessibility, responsive images, and adaptive streaming.
W3C announced Web Platform Docs, which promises to be a valuable new resource for web developers of all levels. Imagine a single site that you can depend on for up-to-date, accurate, and browser and device neutral answers and advice for both simple and complex questions. It is brand new and “alpha” but already useful. Below is info from their announcement and a short video. For those of us that prefer textual info see this blog post from Doug Schepers: http://blog.webplatform.org/2012/10/one-small-step/
W3C, in collaboration with Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera, and others, announced today the alpha release of Web Platform Docs (docs.webplatform.org). This is a new community-driven site that aims to become a comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation. With Web Platform Docs, web professionals will save time and resources by consulting with confidence a single site for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices.
Rivet Software, the provider of XBRL financial reporting and analytics solutions, announced the release of Dragon View 6.0. Dragon View 6.0 empowers business users to review and verify XBRL information. Dragon View 6.0 supports all review procedures within SOP09-1, the AICPA’s Agreed-Upon Procedures for XBRL. Dragon View 6.0 gives both public companies and auditors the ability to conduct quality and assurance checks of XBRL data and create the necessary external review and verification documentation. The SEC released a Staff Observations report on June 15, 2011 detailing common issues found in XBRL filings. Dragon View 6.0 gives business users a way to automate the review of these issues and improve accuracy and consistency across the entire filing. Dragon View 6.0 is now available in two packaging options. For companies with an existing XBRL creation tool, Dragon View can be purchased as a stand-alone review and verification solution. Rivet Software’s full auditing package includes Dragon View and CoreFiling’s Magnify, the world’s leading independent XBRL validation tool. http://www.rivetsoftware.com/
Rhapsody Accounting and Advisory Services launched i-file.in, the end to end XBRL software application as well as XBRL tagging services online tool. i-file.in is specially designed to take care of the XBRL filing requirements for‚Äî large enterprises; Practicing Chartered Accountant (CA) or Company Secretary (CS); or a BPO/ KPO or an outsourcing Accounting firm. The basic features of the XBRL software tool are‚Äî cloud computing technology for universal access; multiuser under single license software; Unrestricted multiple filings; User friendly interfaces; Tagging; Review reports; Audit module; Project management; and Role based logins. The output of the entire conversion to XBRL entails generation of Instance document in XML format (machine readable). The output from any Software needs to get validated by the MCA validation tool. The MCA validation tool is based on the Taxonomy specified by MCA (available on MCA website), MCA 21 Business rules (More than 700 in number including all dependencies), and technical specifications of XBRL international and MCA. http://www.rhapsody-services.com
Alterian announced that its Content Manager Mobile solution has been enhanced with an HTML5 Optimiser. This feature allows the development of mobile sites completely in HTML5. Smartphones that support HTML5 will benefit from its features; mobile devices that do not support HTML5 will be supplied with an automatically optimised page in a device compatible mark-up. The Alterian Content Manager Mobile solution is powered by bemokoLive – the mobile web software development platform. bemoko and Alterian joined forces in January 2010 to address pain points that organisations face today, namely how to support the growing population of mobile users through a compelling mobile experience, whilst at the same time tackling the shifting sands of new mobile devices, formats and operating systems.http://www.alterian.com/http://bemoko.com