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Apple Showcases Capabilities Of HTML5 And Open Web Standards

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Apple HTML5

In an attempt to promote the use of HTML5 among developers, Apple has launched a new section on their website that showcases the capabilities of the open web standard.

The section allows visitors to check the potential of HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript in rendering the various multimedia applications. 

Calling upon these modern standards as the future of the web, Apple has noted that these standards do not require users to install proprietary plug-ins like they are required to do with Adobe Flash. Apple writes:

"Every new Apple mobile device and every new Mac — along with the latest version of Apple’s Safari web browser — supports web standards including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. These web standards are open, reliable, highly secure, and efficient. They allow web designers and developers to create advanced graphics, typography, animations, and transitions. Standards aren’t add-ons to the web. They are the web. And you can start using them today."

Apple HTML5

The 'Apple HTML5' section can be accessed only via select web browsers like Apple Safari. Visitors from other browsers like Firefox and Chrome are prompted to download Safari in order to view the demo. Apple points out that not all browsers support the modern web standards at present and that these browser applications shall soon "take advantage of these same web standards".

Apple's attempt at promoting the use of HTML5 has also been supported by several independent developers who see the need for an open web standard that can work across multiple platforms. Brainium Studios, the developer of a $0.99 iPhone game "Hand of Greed" has created a free HTML5 demo version of the game that can be accessed via the iPhone's Mobile Safari web browser. Similar HTML5 demo versions are also available for iPhone apps like Akihabara, SketchPad and Darkroom.

Apple HTML5

Apple HTML5

Apple's move comes close on the heels of announcements from media houses like NBC and Time Warner that they're sticking with Flash for rendering multimedia to their users. It will be interesting to see how the future pans out. 

You can checkout out Apple's HTML5 showcase on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch by following this link.

And please don't forget to tell us how it goes. 

[via MacRumors]

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