July 27, 2013

HTML5 Week in Review

As usual, this week saw a fair amount of activity in the HTML5 space. Here’s a look at some of the top stories.

First up, Netflix stirred up a lot of controversy when it announced that it plans to switch from using Microsoft (News Alert) Silverlight to HTML5 as the basis of its online streaming platform. Reactions to this news have been extreme, with many open Internet advocates calling for a Netflix boycott. This is because the streaming service’s plan to switch to HTML5 includes implementing DRM. The concern is that DRM could be used for much worse than simple copyright protection, with The Free Software Foundation seeing this as the beginning of DRM in every piece of software.

Next, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) published the final version of “HTML5 for Digital Advertising 1.0: Guidance for Ad Designers & Creative Technologists,” a guide that aims to help users understand the common challenges one can encounter with HTML5 advertising. Specifically, the guide covers topics such as HTML5 display ad units, code and asset compression, and in-banner video advertising. The overall goal of this, according to the IAB, is to create a uniform framework for HTML5 ad optimization.

In other news, ComponentOne Studio Enterprise 2013 v2 was released. This release aims to build on the initial version, which introduced a number of user interface and data controls for Microsoft Visual Studio, enabling the use of HTML5 and Windows Store tools. Specifically, version two adds support for AngularJS, Google’s (News Alert) JavaScript Framework, while adding Model View ViewModel (MVVM) options for JavaScript and HTML5.

Finally, TMCnet senior editor Peter Bernstein broke down the opening scene at the two-day DevCon5 HTML5 Developers & Designers Conference. The event was kicked off with words from Nate Altschul, director of Game Development at Nickelodeon, who pointed out that mobility is the future for computing and that HTML5, being mobile friendly, presents a huge opportunity for creating non-native apps. He did, however, acknowledge that hybrid apps are the way to go for now, at least.

That’s all for this week, but there’s plenty more news to be found on the HTML5 Report page.


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