Although the initial excitement about HTML5 has waned a bit in recent months, I’m seeing the maturation of the web coding language, as many organizations
and developers are looking for ways to incorporate it into their
frameworks and web design systems. HTML5’s availability and use in modern browsers shows no signs of
slowing down either. In addition, I’ve also observed more application development, responsive development, and mobile web designs are using the new HTML5 elements and

Here’s a look at several of the latest HTML5 trends. I provide examples of how each HTML5 trend is being implemented for web,
mobile designs, and online gaming and development platforms.

HTML5 implementations in application development

Several software organizations are using HTML5 to leverage their
application development products; for this article, I’m highlighting FileMaker Web Direct and Alpha Anywhere.

FileMaker Web Direct

FileMaker Platform‘s FileMaker Web Direct (Figure A) is an HTML5 browser-based application suited for desktop browsers that can provide the same custom business solutions as previous traditional versions. While FileMaker WebDirect runs solutions that are used in browsers, it is not designed for use on a mobile device. (Note: FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple.) [Description courtesy of FileMaker.)

Figure A


Alpha Anywhere

Alpha Software’s Alpha Anywhere is a
standards-based HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript coding-optional environment that
rapidly creates business applications with responsive layout and design on any
mobile device, laptop, or desktop. Alpha Anywhere’s latest release is
not only built on HTML5, but it also creates HTML5-based applications that can
be used in any device and goes beyond the typical responsive design techniques
for application delivery to desktops, notebooks, laptops, and mobile phones.

The tutorial Vimeo video
provides a good overview of the kinds of applications that you can build using
Alpha Anywhere. It also shows how to connect with a SQL database and how to make
edits to add images using a notebook camera with the Alpha Anywhere image
control panel (Figure B).

Figure B


Fun and games with HTML5

Mozilla and Goo’s gaming competition

HTML5 is gaining recognition among the online gaming developer community. In fact, if you can create an enticing interactive game using Goo Technologies for Mozilla, you might have a chance to win $45,000 USD. Read all of the details about the Mozilla and Goo’s Game Creator Challenge. The deadline to submit entries is January 14, 2014 at midnight PT

Two HTML5-based Goo
Technologies products are Goo Create and Goo Engine. Goo Create (Figure C) is a browser-based application designed to
bring simplicity and creativity to producing HTML5 and WebGL rich content. Goo Engine is
an HTML5 and WebGL-based graphics engine that is capable of powering the next
generation of web games, apps, and visualizations. 

Figure C

Ludei partners with Nickelodeon 

Ludei, the creator of CocoonJS, announced on November 26, 2013 its venture partnership with Nickelodeon for using its technology to help them create and
publish its Emmy award-winning Nick App for Android devices. According to Dhimiter Bozo, Vice President
Engineering, Nickelodeon Group:

“Technologies like HTML 5 allow us to create games and content that are
playable across multiple platforms. Performance is a key metric for Nickelodeon
and is a goal we aim for with every game.”

Figure D shows the screen capture of the CocoonJS cloud-based services
for HTML5 games and apps.

Figure D


Final thoughts

As applications and development platforms continue to deliver new and
updated releases, it will be interesting to see how HTML5 technologies get
incorporated into them, as well as how HTML5 will continue to grow and mature.

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