7 apps making the most of HTML5

7 apps making the most of HTML5

Original post by Peter Wayner via PC ADVISOR

HTML5 is more than a few years old and no longer a curiousity. Web pages that used to simply emulate a piece of paper are now expected to do something snazzy to justify their existence. Thanks to HTML5, along with innovations in JavaScript and CSS, interactive logic is a standard strategy for Web programming, and full-fledged Web apps are everywhere. All it takes is a few extra tags to rewrite the world’s software as a Web page.

At least that’s the vision. And folks have been eating it up. IT managers love the promise of HTML5 and the cloud because it means installing one app on the desktop — the browser — and forgetting about those boxes in the cubicles. Programmers love it because HTML5 is often as easy as putting a few tags in the right places, even though CSS can occassioinally drive us mad. The bean counters love it because Web designers are cheaper and more plentiful than C++ programmers. Strategic managers love it because they don’t need to ask the smartphone manufacturers for permission to get in their Web store.

[ Experts explain all key HTML5 specs, from canvas to local storage, plus the latest browser benchmarks and report cards on HTML5 support in InfoWorld’s megaguide to HTML5. Download the PDF today! | Beware the 11 hard truths about HTML5. | Keep up with the latest developer news with InfoWorld’s Developer World newsletter. ]

Of course, we all know this vision arose long before the HTML5 buzz. It’s just taken us a long time to realize the dream the original creators of JavaScript laid out, in which all Web pages would be interactive apps. And the techniques in use are a blend of the new and those that existed long before the HTML5 standard became big. The result are apps, and suites of apps, that offer most of the functionality a business could want.


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