The Future of HTML 5

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At FOWA London 2009 Bruce Lawson gave an introduction to HTML 5 and how it might be used in the future.

The HTML 5 spec was originally called “Web Applications 1.0″. Most of the attention has been on the new markup elements, but in his talk he takes a further look at the applications side of the spec, covering:

  1. Dynamic images and graphs with canvas
  2. Eliminating much forms validation with webforms 2.0
  3. Local storage automagically saving your data
  4. Geolocation
  5. Building toolbars and menus.

Editor’s Note: We’ll be covering “How HTML 5 is Going to Completely Change your Web App” at The Future of Web Apps in Miami.

You can jump straight to the video, view the slides, read the transcript (thanks @joeloverton for doing this!), or check out the resources he demos in the talk:

Other useful resources:

There are some great beginner canvast tutorials on the Opera Developer:

  1. HTML 5 canvas – the basics
  2. Creating an HTML 5 canvas painting application
  3. Creating pseudo 3D games with HTML 5 canvas and raycasting
  4. Creating pseudo 3D games with HTML 5 canvas and raycasting: Part 2

The video

Full transcription available at We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to @joeloverton for doing this transcription!

The slides

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0 comments on “The Future of HTML 5

  1. Apologies for the lack of transcript. I asked for one, but the organisers forgot. They’ve promised to post one a.s.a.p.

  2. Very very interesting stuff comming up in html5. But what i was wondering is, if the validation is in the browser/the document loaded in your browser, isnt it easy to bypass then? Or is that functionality hidden in the source?

  3. Thank you very much for this presentation Bruce, looking forward to see more HTML 5 in action.
    When will we be able to fully use HTML5 and when will the browsers fully support it?

    Thank you very much again :)

  4. @ulrik validation is in the browser – it has rules that know the correct syntax of emails, URLs etc.

    @Dmitry Baranovskiy It was a “speecho”; it’s SVGweb that uses Flash. Apologies. (There were 800 pairs of eyes on me so I was a little nervous)

    @Helio Alves I couldn’t say. But of all the releases I’ve seen, from every vendor, there are more features being added every time. I can only speak for one browser company, but Opera has a very exciting roadmap for html5 in the browser.

  5. The future of the web is finally looking standards compliant!

    This new technology is going to revolutionise the way that web apps are built, let’s hope that the browser makers can get a consistent implementation going in the next year or so.

    There is still the issue of consistency between browsers at the moment (Firefox supports .ogg video, whereas Safari prefers the MP4 format for the tag) which is stopping everyone from using this technology, but as soon as these issues are ironed out we’ll start to see mass adoption of this technology.