Apple Web Site Promotes HTML5 Over Flash

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Apple published a new Web page on Friday promoting the use of HTML5 for many tasks that Adobe’s Flash is commonly used for such as media playback and Web page animations.

“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,” the Web page states. “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.”

The page includes examples showing realtime video resizing and masking, audio playback, working with typography photo galleries, transition effects, 360 degree object rotation, and virtual reality.

The promotion is the most recent move in Apple’s campaign to promote HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript over Flash. Apple and Adobe have been publicly sparring over whether or not Flash should be the dominant multimedia player and Web page interface platform — Adobe says it already is and should be going forward, and Apple says Flash’s value has come and gone, much like the floppy disk drive.

Apple makes a point to let visitors know that not all browsers offer full support for the Web standards it’s promoting, which is a good thing since trying to view the examples in Firefox and Chrome shows a dialog suggesting Safari. Viewing the examples in Safari or OmniWeb, however, shows compelling examples of how HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript can be used together to create dynamic interactive Web sites that don’t require special browser plug-ins.

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Comments

Lee Dronick

I have seen similar examples, but that is a nicely presented set.

Nemo

I wonder what tools Apple used to create the demos.  We might find out at WWDC 2010.

Lee Dronick

I wonder what tools Apple used to create the demos.? We might find out at WWDC 2010.

There is a link on the demos to the Apple Developer Center website where you can download sample code and such. http://developer.apple.com/safaridemos/

Nemo

Sir Harry:  Thanks.  I have a couple of publishing clients who are interested and who will find your citation useful.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)
Mouring

I agree Bosco.  HTML5 is about open standards, and Apple just kicked itself in the nuts by stopping anyone but Safari users from seeing it.

*sigh*

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Yeah, but that was Safari grin.

Intruder

Interesting, Bosco.

I can view all of them from the iPad, and all but the video one from the iPhone 3G. Video doesn’t have the controls on the phone.

But it is kinda lame that only Safari supports it.

Lee Dronick

But it is kinda lame that only Safari supports it.

Yeah, I think that the other browser publishers need to get working on supporting i t.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Rumor has it that some of the demos don’t even work on Safari with 10.5.

Intruder

Correct. VR doesn’t work on G5. Needs intel, apparently (or iPhone, strangely enough). Video didn’t work either, but not sure why. I was doing it through screen sharing, but that shouldn’t have anything to do with it.

EDIT: says needs Snow Leopard. Pretty much eliminates G5.

Intruder

Apparently the nightly build of Webkit will support. Didn’t try it, though.

Lee Dronick

Apparently the nightly build of Webkit will support

A work in progress, but at least it is forward progression.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Mozilla guy Christopher Blizzard has a very interesting take on this. I don’t really see what Apple is doing vis a vis HTML5 any different than what they’re doing with Flash, i.e. being completely dishonest. But maybe if you see how another HTML5 proponent sees things, you might appreciate how that translates.

daemon

Yeah, I think that the other browser publishers need to get working on supporting i t.

Chrome and Firefox do. Apple’s demos page only allows safari through.

In their attempt to support an open standard, they’ve basically shut out everyone else. That’s what makes it fail.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

The bigger fail is that it doesn’t even work on iPhone.

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