May 19th, 2010 |

Since I’ve been tinkering around with HTML5 on my own theme, and reading debates over it the last few months, I’d like to propose a session on HTML5. There are quite a few things we can discuss, including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Features of HTML5, including new tags and tag attributes, offline web applications, Geolocation, et cetera.
  • Implementing HTML5 now; Design and development considerations for using HTML5, including browser support of certain features.
  • HTML5 in the context of the Apple/Adobe argument over Flash.
  • Potential impact of HTML5 on digital humanities work; How do standards bodies for technologies and languages affect our work and, conversely, how might digital humanities as a field begin to influence the development of standards such as HTML5?

I imagine we could hack out some code and examples, too. Any other ideas for this?

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10 Responses to “HTML5”

  1. Wayne Graham Says:

    One other really cool thing to add to this list of cool things in HTML5 is the Web Workers ( spec and the WorkerPool API ( which allows developers to run javascript in parallel, background processes (or just in the background with a single worker). Lots of potential for graphics (ray tracing in the browser), movement tracking, annealing, and messaging to allow the browser to interact with background processes, but it’s going to take a bit more thought very few programmers have experience in designing code optimized for execution in parallel systems…

  2. nowviskie Says:

    +1. That’s a healthy ratio of hack to yak.

  3. Boone Gorges Says:

    Good idea. I went to a session at WordCamp Boston that focused its discussion of HTML5 around a test case (how the new WP TwentyTen theme could be HTML-ified). It ended up being a much more productive introduction than a more abstract lesson on the new features. Maybe a similar framework could work for this discussion.

  4. mkgold Says:

    Definitely interested in this, Jeremy.

  5. Zach Whalen Says:

    At the risk of bringing back too much yak, I’d be interested in some of the debates as well. I haven’t followed this very much, but are you referring to the move from XHTML 2.0 to HTML 5?

  6. dancohen Says:

    Yes, I’d like very much to learn more about HTML5.

  7. Lincoln Mullen Says:

    Sign me up.

  8. Jeremy Boggs Says:

    @Zach: I wasn’t specifically referring to the transition away from XHTML2 and towards HTML5, but we could certainly talk about that. I was referrign to debates among the working group about certain features–the inclusion/exclusion of specific tags, their purposes. But the move from XHTML2 is certainly relevant to this debate.

  9. Sharon M. Leon Says:

    Jerm, I’m definitely in for this, and particularly interested in a/v implementation.

  10. Joe Gilbert Says:

    Sounds great, Jeremy. I’ve been working some HTML5 into recent efforts and would love to talk more or show short examples of my initial work with the new elements and attributes. Of particular interest to me are the new event attributes and effective ways to leverage them.


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