HTML5

HTML5

I don't often blog about my life as a web designer but yesterday I wrote an overview report on HTML5, the latest incarnation of HTML, which, for the uninitiated amongst you, is the language the internet is built on and I thought I'd share some of my findings.

I pride myself on being a standards only web designer and my tools of choice are HTML, CSS and JavaScript/JQuery simply because they are what the web is intended to be built on, not Flash or Sliverlight or any other proprietary nastiness.

The overview report was one of my six month objectives - damned appraisals - and as opposed to the dry, techno-babble documents I usually produce this was both exciting, inspiring and possibly even a little *cool*?

HTML5 has been around for a while now and some of the things developers are doing with it are mind-blowing. The video for Arcade Fire's The Wilderness Downtown by Chris Milk is built entirely in HTML5 and uses Google Street View to find, display and incorporate your home address into the video.

Mr. Doob's Procedural Drawing Tool appears quite basic at first but once you start experimenting with the brushes and strokes you realise it's actually quite powerful and the few minutes I spent playing with it resulted in some quite impressive results. The ability to save and then print your creations if you want to is an excellent addition.

The 8-bit Canvas Cycling Experiment by Mark Ferrari and Jospeh Huckaby took me right back to the days of early computer games on my Amstrad CPC-464 or the various Sega games consoles we had at home. There's some lovely examples of bitmap artwork on the site and the beauty of it is that it's all done in the code.

The examples above are mostly showing off the new audio and video elements in HTML5 but it's the biggest revision to the language there's ever been so there's plenty for hungry designers to explore and play with. To help me along the way I've ordered A List Apart's HTML5 For Web Designers book, published by their new publishing arm: A Book Apart. Eighty-five pages of examples, guidance and 'wit' should keep me busy during the cold winter months ahead!