August 24, 2013

HTML5 Report Week in Review

For the typically busy HTML5 space, this was a fairly slow week. Still, there were still a handful of noteworthy events.

First up, Google once again forced Microsoft to pull its Windows Phone (NewsAlert) YouTube app from the platform’s marketplace. This is the second time this has happened, with this latest version of the app — which was available for barely two days before being pulled — being designed specifically to address Google’s (News Alert) issues with the first. This time, Google took issue with Microsoft using native code rather than HTML5 to build the app.

Google made more HTML5 news this week when it open sourced its HTML5 parsing library, called Gumbo. Written in C, Gumbo adheres to the HTML5 parsing algorithm, allowing it to pass all html5lib-0.95 tests. Prior to its going open source, Gumbo has been tested on 2.5 billion pages indexed by Google, making it a dependable option for developers.

Another major tech company, Intel, also furthered its support for HTML5 this week. In particular, Michael Richmond, senior architect for Intel’s (News Alert) Open Source Technology Center, hinted at using the language for more than website building, stating, "You’re going to see applications that exploit screen real estate in a way that we haven’t seen before."

In other news, HTML5 made a big step into the food delivery industry as Domino’s Pizza announced plans to use the language as the basis for its online ordering system. Currently, this system uses Flash, but Domino’s is looking to branch out to popular Web devices beyond the PC, most notably the iPad, and HTML5 is the best way to do this. While the pizza chain does already have dedicated apps for most popular mobile platforms, HTML5 offers greater coverage and a level of future proofing that apps don’t.

Lastly, Korea Telecom this week introduced an HTML5-based Web service called Olleh TV Smart, which allows subscribers to view television content from any video-capable device, including TVs, tablets, PCs and smartphones. Again, the main purpose HTML5 serves is its ability to deliver content to any Web-enabled device. This service also offers enhanced features not available on lower-tech offerings, such as statistics for individual players during a sporting event.

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


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