Apple Showcases Capabilities Of HTML5 And Open Web Standards
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.
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:
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'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.
And please don't forget to tell us how it goes.