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HTML5 And The New World Wide Web

HTML5 is the much awaited major revision of the current HTML specification, which is not officially released yet. This new version is going to have a number of innovations added to it that is really going to change the face of the world wide web. New tags and attributes will be added and useless tags removed, more on this can be found on the official site at http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/.

 

Now, the inconvenience that comes with the use of HTML5 features is that not all web browsers support all of them. To find out what’s compatible in what browser and what’s not, jump to http://caniuse.com to find out.

 

Some of the best features in HTML5 are:

  • Easy validation of forms.
  • Geo-localisation from browser. This is awesome, especially when you want to locate yourself on a map from your mobile phone’s browser.
  • Offline storage. Ok, this is awesome too. Basically, a number of web pages and data can be stored to be accessed offline.
  • Drag-and-drop for moving objects within a webpage.
  • And many more.

 

What makes HTML5 even more powerful is the use of frameworks such as PhoneGap that can use a web app and generate a native app for mobile phones, such as IPhones, Android phones, Blackberrys, etc. PhoneGap even allows the web app to access and use features of the phone such as the camera for taking pictures, contacts from the phone memory, etc.

 

I think any mobile developers should play a bit with HTML5 too, instead of focusing on specific native apps. It’s hard to develop applications for each specific mobile platform, but a web application built in HTML5 will run on all the mobiles’ browsers. That said, HTML5 can not also replace everything a native app can do.

A Responsive Theme

Instant Love – The Sunspot Theme

A Responsive Theme

As you can see, I have changed the theme of the blog. I am now using the Sunspot theme from Automattic. It has very recently been added to the WordPress repository and I instantly fell in love with this new look as soon I saw it, A dark mysterious look, with bright sunlight orange on the borders.

One of the main reasons I adopted this new theme is because it is responsive, which basically means it adapts to the size of the screen viewing it. So now my blog will naturally look nice whether you are viewing it on a desktop, tablet or mobile phone. There is no need to have a plugin installed for that anymore, and this makes the response time faster on a mobile device.

The sunspot theme is also very beautifully designed. At the moment, I haven’t changed much of the settings and the site is already looking cool, isn’t it? Of course, I will miss my Panorama theme by Themocracy, but we are now in 2012 and a responsive theme is necessary, especially when I am a mobile developer for the Android platform and also getting into HTML5 now.

Do you have a WordPress blog too? There are already a couple of responsive themes available for free on the repository, go ahead and install one, and see how your site looks on a mobile device.

But don’t change your themes too often though, some readers who are used to reading your blog on a clean white theme might freak out when they see a mysterious dark theme! ;) That’s it for now, have fun!