August 31, 2013

HTML5 Week in Review

HTML5 continues to blur the line between Web apps and native apps. Here are some of the top stories in the emerging field.

While mobile platforms like iOS and Android (NewsAlert) might steal HTML5’s thunder, the latest evolution of the Web standard will provide some competition, according to Business Intelligence. While most IT professionals told BI they planned to use native apps, HTML5 apps will have an advantage in enterprise because their support costs are relatively low, as they don’t have to install anything on users’ machines.

Informative Graphics has released an HTML5-based version of its Brava viewing and collaboration software, titled – appropriately enough – “Brava Enterprise HTML5.”

"Companies today need features that increase worker efficiency and reduce errors, and the new Brava 7.2 does just that," said IGC CEO Gary Heath. "With new features like electronic signatures that can hook right into the ECM system, and Checkview that aids in repetitive form reviews, Brava makes formerly tedious tasks quick and virtually painless."

If you don’t succeed, the old saying goes, try again. And Goko, a gaming company based on HTML5, is trying again after launching and failing in the span of a week. Goko is planning a full relaunch, focusing on the growing mobile market. The company plans to bring out a version of the popular board game “Settlers of Catan” in 2014.

While HTML5 has plenty of features to allow Web apps to behave more like native applications, sometimes they don’t perform as fast as a native app would. AppGyver has introduced Steroids.js, which allows developers to optimize their apps to native platforms without sacrificing the cross-platform portability HTML5 offers.

HTML5 also supports video, while mobile devices, including iOS and Android, don’t. Sites that have a lot of Flash content will have to convert their videos to formats that HTML5 supports or risk alienating the growing number of mobile users. Lisa Larson-Kelly is offering a course on converting to HTML5.

“Flash has long been the de facto solution for video playback on the web. But since it won’t – and likely never will – play on iPhone (NewsAlert) and iPads, clients are demanding native video playback in the browser using HTML5,” she said. “Since it’s implemented differently in the various browsers and devices, and doesn’t do everything Flash can do, it’s been difficult for developers to get a handle on it. I’ve created this course to ease that pain – laying out the differences clearly and showing you how to do the same things in both technologies. I think it’s a great way to learn.”

Finally, Tadiran (NewsAlert) Telecom has introduced a new version of Aeonix unified communications and collaboration solution. The new version includes an HTML5-based dispatch console, which users can use to manage their networks.

"This is the key direction and differentiator for our products," said Lindsay Kintner, vice president of engineering at Tadiran. "The emphasis is being placed on pure Web solutions, and moving toward utilization of WebRTC technology. These ongoing improvements allow for swift and cost effective remote use and increased survivability."

Be sure to stay tuned for more HTML5 news throughout next week.


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