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  1. 1. Maurice de Beijer
  2. 2. Agenda Why HTML5? How about different browsers? Different parts of HTML5  Whatever you would like to see 
  3. 3. Who am I Maurice de Beijer. The Problem Solver. Microsoft CSD MVP. DevelopMentor instructor. Twitter: @mauricedb of @HTML5SupportNL Blog: Web: E-mail:
  4. 4. Why HTML5 HTML is the most used UI technology  But differences in browser implementation make it hard to work with Companies need to support a wide range of devices  Bring your own hardware  Smartphones and tablets don’t support plugins Users want richer applications  Animations  Communication  etc.
  5. 5. What works in which browser?
  6. 6. Google analytics - Browser & OS 553846 visits last month
  7. 7. Google analytics - IE
  8. 8. Modernizr “Modernizr is an open-source JavaScript librarythat helps you build the next generation of HTML5 and CSS3-powered websites.”
  9. 9. Polyfills “A polyfill is a piece of code (or plugin) that provides the technology that you, the developer, expect the browser to provide natively.”
  10. 10. Google Chrome Frame Use Google Chrome inside of Internet Explorer  Works with IE 6 and later Only activated for pages that explicitly request it <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1"> The meta tag is ignored if Chrome Frame isn´t installed
  11. 11. HTML5 subjects Semantic markup Input elements CSS3 Video & Audio Canvas & SGV Local storage Drag-Drop & File IO Geolocation Web Workers Offline Web applications Server Sent Events & WebSockets
  12. 12. Semantic markup The most commonly used CSS classes for <div> elements  <div class=“nav”>  <div class=“section”>  <div class=“header”>  <div class=“footer”>  <div class=“article”>  <div class=“aside”>
  13. 13. Semantic markup Have become HTML5 elements  <nav>  <section>  <header>  <footer>  <article>  <aside>
  14. 14. Input elements Most data types are entered as plain text: <input type="text" /> The browser can provide additional help if it knows the actual data type  search  url  number  datetime  Etc.
  15. 15. Input elements Soft keyboards can auto adjust
  16. 16. CSS 3 Rounded corners .box {border-radius: 10px;} Drop shadows .box {box-shadow: 10px 5px 5px grey;} Gradients .box {background: linear-gradient(Yellow, Lime);} Multi column text article {column-count: 3; }
  17. 17. CSS 3 Media queries @media screen and (max-width: 1024px) { aside { display: none; } } Transforms .box:hover {transform: scale(1.2);} Transitions .box {transition: transform 1s ease-in;}
  18. 18. Video & Audio HTML5 includes a <video> and <audio> element There is no standard encoding   OGV  WEBM  MP4 Add multiple <source> elements  The browser will use the first it supports See Wikipedia for browser support
  19. 19. Canvas A simple drawing surface  Currently only a 2D context  But 3D is in the works Uses drawing primitives  Lines  Rectangles  Arcs  Curves  Images  Paths
  20. 20. Canvas The entire API is JavaScript based  There are no drawing markup elements Very powerful but tedious to work with  Tooling support is limited  Adobe® Illustrator® plugin  Leonardo Sketch Used to create a HTML version of Angry Birds 
  21. 21. Scallable Vector Graphics Use retained mode  There is an object model we can manipulate  The Canvas uses imediate mode Browser support is about the same as with Canvas  Tooling support is much better
  22. 22. Scallable Vector Graphics Uses drawing shapes  Lines  Rectangle  Circles  Text  Path  Etc. Elements can be created using markup  Or JavaScript when needed
  23. 23. When to use SVG versus Canvas Canvas SVG Pixel based (Dynamic .png) Shape based Single HTML element Multiple graphical elements, which become part of the DOM Modified through script only Modified through script and CSS Event model/user interaction is Event model/user interaction is granular (x,y) abstracted (rect, path) Performance is better with smaller Performance is better with smaller surface, a larger number of objects number of objects (<10k), a larger (>10k), or both surface, or both
  24. 24. Local storage - Web Storage Name – Value pair storage  Storage is per site  The standard recommends 5Mb storage space per site sessionStorage  Valid for the duration of a browser session localStorage  Valid for longer periods The value stored must be a string! sessionStorage[data] = JSON.stringify({ value: 1 }); data = JSON.parse(sessionStorage[data]);
  25. 25. Local storage - IndexedDB An object or NoSQL store in the database  Only supported in Chrome en Firefox  See demo There was a Web SQL Database  It’s deprecated and replaced by the IndexedDB  Still functional in Webkit browsers (iOS)  Apple pushed this standard
  26. 26. Drag-Drop Move elements in the browser  Drag files from the Windows Explorer to an HTML element Events fire for  dragstart  dragenter  dragover  drop The argument contain a dataTransfer object
  27. 27. File IO File IO can be done using a FileReader object File can be read in different ways  readAsArrayBuffer()  readAsBinaryString()  readAsDataURL()  readAsText() Once the file content have been read the onload event fires  The result property contains the file contents
  28. 28. File IO Some file are to large to read in one action A Blob is a part of a file  Use file.slice() to create a blob A FileReader object can work with a blob as if it is a file
  29. 29. Geolocation Where is the user?  For example to do a location based search Always requires the users consent Works both on desktop and mobile browsers  Accuracy can vary widely Use the navigator object  navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition() The options support enableHighAccuracy: true
  30. 30. Geolocation The resulting Position contains at least  latitude  longitude  accuracy
  31. 31. Web Workers JavaScript execution time is limited by the browser Using a Worker() object JavaScript can be executed in the background  These scripts can execute for a long time
  32. 32. Web Workers Web Workers are limited in what they can do  No interactions with the DOM They can do IO  XMLHttpRequest  FileReader  importScripts() The Document can exchange messages with the worker  postMessage()  onmessage callback function is called All data is cloned  Never passed by reference
  33. 33. Offline Web Applications A web application can load and execute without a network connection The cache manifest determines what resources are available offline The cached resources are always loaded from the cache  The manifest is used to update the cache  This is done after the page is loaded  And only happens if the content of the cache is changed
  34. 34. Offline Web Applications Manifest contains sections for:  Cache (default)  Network  Fallback The manifest must be served with the correct mime type  text/cache-manifest  Otherwise it’s ignored
  35. 35. Server Sent Events Push communication from the Server to the browser  Uses standard HTTP techniques to transfer data Everything is just HTTP traffic  A formalization of long polling techniques  Be careful with connection that remain open for to long (30 seconds to max 2 minutes)
  36. 36. Server Sent Events EventSource object  Functions:  close()  Events  onmessage  onopen  onerror  Also used when the connection is closed
  37. 37. WebSockets Full duplex communication between the browser and the server No longer HTTP traffic  Starts as an HTTP request  The server upgrades to WS by returning a “101 Switching Protocols” response Support is still limited  Only Chrome and Firefox
  38. 38. WebSockets WebSocket object  Functions:  send() to transfer data  Can also be binary data!  close()  Events  onmessage  onopen  onclose  onerror
  39. 39. Conclusion HTML 5 has a big future  Its the only platform independent UI technology  Even used for Windows 8 development Different browsers offer support for features  Use feature detection to check what works  Use polyfills in case of missing features No need to wait until it´s a standard  Large parts are usable today