HTML5 and its Frameworks for Mobile App Development

The evolution of mobile web has been rather noticeable and rapid enough to grab the attention of industry experts. We experience the old of native applications , especially the performance, integration and speed, when talking about touch screens. Because of these standards, native applications have easily combined with mobile devices. However, the evolution of HTML5 is swiftly coming in par with native apps and mobile devices are now using quite a lot of HTML5 features on modern browsers. HTML5 is indeed a huge step-up for the web designing and mobile development industry because of its increased functionality.

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Defining HTML5

HTML5 is a superior version of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). Well, this language is usually used for structuring and showcasing your content on the Internet or the World Wide Web. HTML5 basically aims to improve the markup language using support for a more advanced multimedia plus sustaining more readability for humans. For a matter of fact, it also aims at consistent understanding by computers and other devices like parsers, browsers, etc. Just like the development and up-gradation that takes place in various software, HTML5 is the up-gradation of HTML. That means, it includes HTML4, XHTML along with DOM Level 2 HTML. In spite of the popularity of HTML5, it got the limelight by web developers sometime in April 2010.

To take a quick look at the standardization process, there were long discussions going on about the development of HTML5 since 2004. The first draft included the specification of web forum 2.0 and the second included the specification of web application 1.0. The merger of these two specifications later turned out to be HTML5. However, it became the start point of work only in 2007.

Later, in Jan 2008, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) published the first public working draft of HTML5 specification. In May 2011, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) extended HTML5 to “Last Call”. May 2012 brings this specification back to the “Working Draft” state. In July 2012 both these organizations decided to maintain a degree of separation – when W3C focuses on a single definitive standard known as “Snapshot”, while WHATWG focuses on “Living Standard”. W3C demanded the to release a stable HTML5 recommendation by 2014 end as well as HTML5 specification recommendation of HTML 5.1 by 2016.

HTML5 – Focusing the Mobile

Like we already know, HTML5 is not a single tech – but a combination and improvements of HTML. It works without browsers on Tizen, Firefox OS as well as Web OS. Lets look at some of the features of HTML5 that make it suitable for mobile devices.

1. Offline Support – This feature enables the web or mobile browsers to store static web pages. The catch here is that they rely on HTTP response headers of web servers for getting HTML,CSS and multimedia that renders the pages.

2. Canvas Drawing – This feature helps the websites to mark off a space for drawing graphs, charts, gamers, images and other components with the use of programming code and user interaction minus Flash or other plug-ins.

3. Video & Audio Streaming Support – This feature may, someday, enable websites like Pandora and YouTube to skip Flash totally out of the development process.

4. Geo Location API – You can now share your locations with trusted Websites through Geo Location API. It is a simple part of Navigator object.

5. Touch Events – This feature allows you to leverage the touch effect in HTML5. You can now quickly and easily navigate through all your web pages.

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Good Start for Your Business Online – Free WordPress Theme

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‘Making of’ Videos Compiled

In our everyday life we are surrounded by dozens of simple things making it easy and comfortable. Sometimes we even don’t think how much time and efforts have been invested into the process of their creation. Nevertheless, the majority of trivial stuff can surprise you with the complexity and uncommonness of techniques used at its manufacturing. Can you imagine how contact lenses or your favorite chewing gums are produced? If your answer is yes, you are probably a professor at some technical university… But if your answer sounds like: “Not much…” – you get a good chance to while away the time with practical benefit for your IQ.

Here you will find a compilation of fun educational videos of how common things are made. Having viewed them all, you will be able to explain the process to your curious kids or amaze your friends with the level of your erudition. In any case, the videos are interesting and amusing, so have a good time!

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By the way, unwrapping the process (slide 95) of manufacturing can be used by brands as a part of marketing campaign, raising the customers’ interest to the offered product.

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The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca

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The Magnificent Obsession of Hand Making Person

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Integrating Webstore Design with Branding, Usability and Offline Presence

Every website consists of two elements – the look and the content. The look and the content contribute to the branding of your webstore. The branding reflects on the position the store occupies in the human mind. Another key element of a website is its usability – how intuitively built is the website? In addition a webstore which is linked to an offline presence must reflect key elements of that presence in the form of colors, mission, vision, tagline and overall appearance.

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Key Elements of Webstore Design

A website should be optimized for search engines and user experience. The font used in a website is key to communicating content. Do not use a combination of Serif and Sans Serif, use one of the two. Good websites use a few typefaces and only ones that are related.

Page layout should be done in a way that makes navigation easy for the user. Every page of the website should feature consistent page layout for uniformity. Coding should be of a very high quality. Visual design should be appealing – easy on the eyes.

Simplicity is a friend of both the web designer and user. Design based on convention. Don’t try to over-innovate. Ensure pointed, easy communication through the web pages. Remember white spaces in websites reduce brain processing – hence they are friends.

Among the objects of web design – the design, size, contrast, color and position are crucial to overall user perception.

Usability

When you put every department of visitor experience above all else then you are focusing on usability. The success or failure of your website depends on the user experience (UX) it provides. Finding stuff in your website should be easy for the visitor and so must be making a purchase.

To ensure usability you need to study website analytics, best practices in the online business and needs of your business and visitor and combine these to create a highly usable website. One quality of usability is a holistic approach. The website should function as an integrated individual element.

Usability of a web store must also reflect the needs of the marketing staff as well as the design staff in communicating to and enticing individual visitors to the site. Creating a positive image of your web store by making it easily usable is key in ensuring repeat visits from clients.

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Jokes About Developers in Their Natural Habitat [Gifs]

Q: Why do developers always mix up Halloween and Christmas?

A: Because Oct 31 = Dec 25!

There might be nothing new or interesting in saying that creativity fuels both humor and web developing. But is it possible to reverse this equation? Can humor or rather the thought structure and method of humor fuel creative thinking or more specifically design thinking? Humor is one of the most effective ways of human communication. Jokes and smiles can help avoid confusion and add feeling of comfort to the conversation. However, all people have a different sense of humor. It all depends on the specifics of your own web project and the target audience.

So, today we’d like to share some cool jokes about developers presented as GIF animations. Get your day started with a juicy bit of laughter and pass it along. Check out following animations and don’t forget to share some of your favorite into the comments section.

How devs talk to each other

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How refactoring of the code looks like…

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If I were developer, I’d have the same toys

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How Marketers Engage the Senses: 5 Tips for Sensory Marketing on the Web

A human has five senses – it’s a fact. Everything in the world is given to us by sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. And the most interesting thing without them there would be nothing. Yes, exactly emptiness – I can recommend you watch a film “Perfect Sense”, where lack of senses is demonstrated rather impressively. The exceptional importance of senses we should be understood as obvious.

Of course, we naturally pay more attention the some of them (according to statistic, we receive 80-90% of information through vision) and we should reckon with this fact. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean we should ignore less used organs, how some marketers do: they think it would be enough to give a performance for eyes and, at the best, for ears. Then such specialists are surprised by the failure of their advertising campaigns.

It’s fair enough to mention web space (and, in most cases, reality as well, by the way) doesn’t allow to influence some of the senses directly, so a competent web marketer should concentrate on metaphors. An advertisement must include appealing to taste, smell and touch by means of approachable sight and hearing. Below I’d like to share few sensory web marketing tips with examples.


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Click & Collect Shopping – New Experience Somewhere in Between Digital and Real Worlds

Are you a shopaholic unable to strip yourself of occasional shopping jags serving a kind of relaxation or sublimation for your overdriven mind? Or you are a sober customer accomplishing only well-considered purchases… The third variant is a shopping hater, absolutely intolerant to regular stores and striving to avoid them when possible, or at least minimize the time spent there.

You know, it seems like we’ve got great news for all shoppers regardless of their habits. Have you ever heard about recent click and collect retailing trend? (JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2013 – slide 21). Maybe you have even checked some of its pleasures? The best thing about the service is that it is beneficial both for merchants and their customers.

But let’s figure out why this revolutionary method balancing on the edge of digital and physical world is getting more popularity around the US and Europe.

First of all, click and collect offers the convenience of online shopping, but lets you get rid of its main drawback on the last stage on delivery. According to the report, 60% of online shoppers had issues with the delivery last year. Actually, the system allows choosing items online and then you are free to decide when to pick them up locally. All selected stuff is waiting for you, packed at the nearest collection point. All you need to do is to give the code, which was sent by email, to the service worker. No more ruined plans and endless hours of waiting for delivery, you can get the product in time and save on courier fee.

Another advantage of click & collect is that you can easily return the product you don’t like. The scheme becomes shorter and quicker: just click – collect – try on – and bring back if it doesn’t fit.

By the way, online-only stores like House of Fraser, Boden, Oasis, Asos, Amazon, eBay and many others turned to be really innovative for the sake of customers’ convenience. They involved third parties such as corner shops, newsagents and filling stations into Collect+ system, which means that you can pick up your order in any signed up location.

Click & Collect

Of course, while the technology is young enough, certain imperfections still spoil general impression a bit. Among common clumsy moments are queues and next day product availability. However, Amazon is a step forward of its competitors due to the lockers being installed in shopping centers and supermarkets. They improve the situation somehow as the buyers simply input the code, sent to their email and take the package in minutes.

If you liked this idea of further e-Commerce perfection and want to join this futuristic trend, let’s generate some pieces of advice, which can help you escape small disappointing details.

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Free Joomla Business Theme

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Let’s see what’s inside this template. In the header you’ll see the four blocks of animated menu with images that show the services of the company. Neat typography and contrasting color scheme with blue that is known as a color of reliability and security create a warm welcome to the clients. The content area is separated into 3 blocks that helps arrange all the information in easy-to-perceive manner. A set of social icons is integrated into the footer, where you can place the links to your social profiles for further communication with the customers. The responsive layout of the theme will help you get visits from the greater number of users. The template is compatible with Joomla versions 2.5.0-2.5.6, 2.5.7.

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Revision of Mobile News Design: Summarizing Principle

Smartphone era actively flows, from time to time presenting interesting thing. The exclusive trend web developers ought to know and take into consideration is applications intended to shorten the news making understandable intelligence summaries. They have been called news bites.

Massive internet gave an access to the news in quite suitable way: they are free, easy-to-find, numerous. The smartphones gave an access to internet from anywhere. Connecting these two theses we would have a growing popularity of news apps. But why news bites? I suppose it’s just a natural evolution of news services for smartphones – and it have few concrete reasons. First of all, it’s dictated by the configuration of the smartphones: small screen is not so comfortable for reading large blocks of text.

The other convenience is you may quickly browse the news, finding exactly what is needed basing on clear summaries. Again – it’s especially useful for navigation based on the specific touch-screen interaction of smartphones.
 

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The most appropriate candidate for the role of news bites forerunner I assume to be Circa. This tool works well for news managing. Circa transforms articles into a list of their main ideas and facts, also quotes. Nevertheless, this news app doesn’t exploit fully automatic algorithm to slice texts into meaningful chunks, so it can be considered to be the previous generation. Indeed, programs stride ahead to communist future, where every process would be robotized.
 
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Drupal 8 News: What Web Developers Should Be Prepared For

Seems like the 8th version of Drupal should bring more excellent opportunities for web developers. The project includes six major initiatives, which actually define the character of incoming release. We can see that Drupal Team strongly follows the tendencies in modern technology process: for example, they are eager to grant the product with perfect mobile support, reacting on the smartphone boom. In general, Drupal 8 is claimed to become a remarkable web development framework of modern time.

According to the core initiatives (the first development cycle) status, scale shows 50%+ progress for every point, except the Layouts division. So we can expect the new version to be put into use soon. By the way, in case you want to speed up the process the Drupal Team is always glad to accept new developers and testers. Maybe you want to try? Below I will review every initiative in detail and the latest news regarding them.


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