Monthly Archives: January 2010

What is HTML5?

So, you have heard of it, but what is it.

HTML5 is the next version of HTML, the language of the Internet. About 10 years ago, the internet browsers we were using had to do little more than show text. Unless you live under a rock you know that that is no longer the case. Browsers now have to contend with more graphics, video, audio and many other types of content. Sure we have plugins for Flash and other things to handle those great You Tube videos, but why not make the browser handle it natively, without plugins. When HTML5 finally becomes the De Facto standard of the web, like its predecessors, the browser will understand how to handle that information natively.

The Rub however is that none of the browsers currently out there support HTML5 yet, because it hasn’t been ratified yet. Unfortunatly, IE is still the largest player in the browser world. Despite the vast power of Firefox, and the speed of Google Chrome, IE still has the biggest percentage of market share. So it appears that we are again, waiting on Microsoft.

One of the biggest cheerleaders for HTML5 is Google. See HTML5 will help them with Gmail, Google Docs, Wave and even help their core search business. Google, is not able to see inside certain parts of flash, which is not good for sites that use Flash. While it’s pretty, it’s not the most SEO friendly. Google’s secret weapon in the fight to get HTML5 out there is You Tube. You Tube is so vastly used for video that its amazing. It seems everyone is using it. You Tube has now launched an HTML5 Version of the site. No browser plugins (Flash) are required to see the videos on the site. This is good news because flash is also known to be unsecure in some respects. This is also good news for Mac users, as Flash is one of the main causes of failure for the Mac.

This is great move on You Tube’s part, but I don’t think that Google should just switch to it right away, you must have some form of choice on the part of the user. I do however think this is a step in the right direction.

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Steve Jobs talking Smack???

Steve Jobs

According to Wired Magazine, Steve Jobs was caught talking smack. He was addressing an audience of Apple Employees at a town hall meeting in Cupertino, where he apparently let into Google, and Adobe. This is not that suprising, coming from the same man who said that Microsoft “Made third rate products” (Not that we really disagree with him on some of their stuff…IE). In the past hes also said Microsoft had no taste, to which I disagree, (Case in point: Surface Computing). This time he has gone a little too far, saying Google’s Mantra of “Don’t be evil”, is “Bullshit”. Personally, I think the only part of Google that I have had a problem with is them helping the Chinese censor the internet, but that has stopped, Hey at least they are trying. Then he goes further on to say that Adobe is “Lazy” and that “Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash. The world is moving to HTML5.” Personally, I don’t see where he got that they are “Lazy” considering your talking about the people who brought you Dreamweaver, Adobe Air, Coldfusion and on and on. In fact, I think that Adobe is a pretty awesome company.

Now I have loved every product that Apple has come out with. I am even considering a Macbook Pro as my next laptop purchase, but I have made it no secret that I think the Ipad is crap. This little hissy fit thrown by Jobs really comes at a bad time for apple, considering that #Ipad is one of the most talked about things on twitter and elsewhere in the Social Media Arena. I love Steve Jobs, he’s one of my heros. I do however think this was bad form on his part.

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