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HTML5 is going to be a game changer. Adobe should be worried – justification to use Flash becomes less and less!

I am glad that I switched over to Chrome. Otherwise it would have taken me lot more effort to go through the site created by Marcin Wichary and modified by Ernest Delgado.

If you want to get a feel of what is possible with HTML5 this is a good place to look at. Here is the link. (You can use left and right arrow key to navigate)

It is one single page but it behaves like a presentation. It showcases enhancements in JS, HTML & CSS:

  • JS
    • Client Side Storage (Web SQL Database, App Cache, Web Storage) – you can enter text which gets saved locally, you can create a local table
    • Communication (Web Sockets, Worker Workers)
    • Desktop experience (Notifications, Drag and Drop API) – drag-drop works beautifully – for text as well as picture
    • Geolocation
  • HTML
    • Semantics (New tags, Link Relations, Microdata)
    • Accessibility (ARIA roles)
    • Web Forms 2.0 (Input Fields)
    • Multimedia (Audio Tag, Video Tag)
    • 2D and 3D drawing (Canvas, WebGL) – neat – you can rotate, pan and resize photos
  • CSS
    • Typography
    • Visuals
    • Transitions, transforms and animations

This reinforces my belief that HTML5 is going to be a game changer. Adobe should be worried – justification to use Flash becomes less and less! What about iPhone / iPad native applications – what about Microsoft Silverlight? This will surely be a fillip to Web 2.0 making it much easier to create RIA applications.

If you are not already using Chrome, I strongly recommend that you install Chrome and try this.

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Udayan Banerjee is CTO at NIIT Technologies Ltd, an IT industry veteran with more than 30 years' experience. He blogs at
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