July 13, 2013

HTML5 Week in Review

It was a busy week in the HTML5 sector. Here are some of the major stories.

Ludei recently secured $1.5 million in funding during an investment round led by Kibo Ventures and Vitamina K. Several angel investors also participated. Ludei plans to put this money toward expansion, specifically in terms of its JavaScript/HTML5 engineering team.

In another story, VIVOTEK has unveiled its Design Tool app for iOS and Android (NewsAlert) operating system platforms. Customers will get more precise and detailed product information and project design requirements directly on their mobile devices.

TMCnet reported this week that HTML5 is offering new advantages, not only for users but also for developers. Recently, Maximiliano Firtman,  a mobile Web developer since 1995, put together a presentation showing off some of those benefits for the Q Con event. Firtman’s presentation focused mostly on mobile devices. HTML5 provides help for websites and apps.

In another report, Spanish mobile carrier Telefonica launched the first Firefox smartphone. The phone has been named the ZTE (NewsAlert) Open Phone and was launched on July 2 with the price tag of $88. There is also a lower price tag of just $38 dollars for Telefonica customers that have prepaid. It runs with HTML5 applications.

The W3C (NewsAlert) (World Wide Web Consortium) said the HTML5 definition was complete last December, TMCnet reported. Whatever shortcomings HTML5 may or may not have in terms of mobile app development, the language’s impact on Web development is significant — especially in terms of making the Web more interactive.

According to Telecom Reseller (NewsAlert), HTML5 has a lot to offer in terms of Web accessibility. In addition, the WAI-ARIA (Web Accessibility Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications) is a suite of accessible, rich Internet applications designed by the W3C to make Web content and applications more accessible to people with disabilities.  Examples of assistive technology include vocalizers and Braille screens for those with visual impairment.


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