Two additional items which makes HTML 5 exciting are:
1. Graphics – improve graphics and animation support without additional codecs within the browser
2. Location – create an API for being able to show where you currently located or what is around you for mobile devices
3. Storage – ability to store offline locally within the browser data so that you do not have to have a constant connection to a site
4. Speed – improve browser speed in working with content, running scripts in the background and improving user experience
1. Support Existing Content so whatever was created in the past will still continue to work
2. Insure Interoperability between browsers and technologies so that it would be easier to create apps.
3. Support of Standards – these are still being developed but they are off to a great start, explained below. Hopefully the major browsers will see this the same way. For example, when you shop for a car, its standard for a car to come with wheels and brakes.
4. Improved Error Handling – when a browser encounters a error, instead of crashing the browser, a dialog box will appear asking you if want to continue or stop the action.
5, Evolve, not recreate what we already have – which translates to not just creating new standards for the sake of it, they want to focus on building and developing standards that will improve the language and improve developers as well as viewers experience with the web.
Scalable Vector Graphics – SVG – this allows you to embed Illustrator graphics/content or EPS files in the SVG format and directly support it via the browser. Because of the vector format, these graphics are scalable, look great and appear to the user as a rendered JPEG. This means you can use one product or company logo and instead of saving in multiple files and sizes you are able to use one SVG graphic and resize via code without additional file size or graphics to maintain or load on the users browser.
Canvas API – provides a new way to deliver graphics and animation via the browser with interactivity. Examples:
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ipod which I use all day and night, its a part of me, some other tools I use daily:
Things – a great to do list manager that works and syncs with the desktop app or works independently.
Now Playing – my favorite app for checking movie times whereever I’m at
AIM – for connecting while on the road with my team
Tweetie for twitter
Top Floor for highrise access on the road
GroundWork for basecamp access on the road
Facebook keeping in touch with friends and family
QucikOffice for working with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files and editing them
Shopper for managing my shopping lists
1Password for your Mac and iPhone to track ids/passwords for your accoutns
Amazon Mobile for ordering or checking reviews on products, amazing example of how an app can be used with web data
Are My Sites Up – for monitoring web site status
Sportstacular for tracking my favorite sports teams and upcoming schedule
Jaadu VNC for accessing machines on the network
Webex Meet for participating in Webex on the road
Ego – track Twitter followers and GoogleStats
Photos for quick presentations, save your presentation as a series of images, great for a quick 1 on 1 presentation or review with a client
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E3: Microsoft Project Natal – Look’s Amazing. Controller free interaction, voice control, 3d imaging and sensing emotions.
During my presentations on Games & Simulations, I encourage the audience to be sure to go out and play and try the different types of games and environments that are out there. This is a key for you to understand the different types of games and options that you can incorporate into the training content that you may be developing. One of the most fun consoles out there is the Wii because of its innovate interaction with the game and the ability to have multiplayers at the same time jumping and moving to achieve a specific goal. This is especially a great console for home’s with families and it gives you an excuse to do your homework and have some fun with the kids or your spouse.
With the current economy you may be looking for opportunities to cut costs but you may still need to purchase a new computer. Apple offers the latest and previous generation computers via their refurbished section where you can save $100 – $300 off the original price. The purchase comes with a full 1 year warranty and after getting several machines via this discount the only difference I’ve seen is that the machine is delivered in brown recycled box typically. Take a look the next time you are looking to add a new laptop or workstation. Some of the specials currently include:
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If you are a web developer or manage several sites, Mosso is a great hosted solution for $100 per month you can setup as many sites, urls and manage them independently. It allows for easy web-based management if you want to offer to your teams or clients and you can setup individual pricing or offer as part of your package.The service allows you to quickly deploy a new url and have a server setup within an hour. They offer dns, email and ftp support as well as configurations with MYSQL, Linux, or Windows and you can switch post launch with a couple clicks on the management site. The email service, offers pop3, smtp as well as a webmail service and spam filtering which you can control for each domain. They also offer a cloud service now, which we are in the process of testing, similar to Amazon’s service and they utilize Limelight’s network. If you are dealing with lots of video or large files it worth giving it a try to improve download speeds for your audience. We’ve been using them for about a year now and have deployed dozens of sites. Strongly recommend. They are also owned by Rackspace. Learn more at http://www.mosso.com/
Great article for experienced or new designers as well as programmers to help improve usability in web or application design.