With the release of the iPad, HTML5 technology has recently come into the spotlight. The format that will likely kill Adobe’s Flash is a lot of fun to use, but we’ve not seen much of it yet.
The good news is that you don’t have to wait until the iPad is in your hands to see what HTML5 can do. If you have a compatible browser, there are already a wealth of sites that show off the capabilities.
First, make sure that you have a browser that is capable of rendering HTML5 content. At the moment, Google’s Chrome is king in this department. So for the sake of argument, grab a copy and get to clicking.
1 – HTML5 Demos
To get a really good idea of how HTML5 is changing the landscape, you have to know what it’s capable of doing. HTML5 Demos offers a great look and has lots of toys to play with as well.
2 – Canvas Paint
It’s MS Paint! Fully functional and in a browser! If HTML5 did nothing else, I’d love it just for this.
3 – HTML5 Gallery
This is a great collection of sites that are currently coded in HTML5. Not a lot of toys to play with here, but rather just a solid collection of sites, categorized by type.
4 – HTML5 Tutorial
Showing some love to our programmer friends, I have to include this site. It’s well-written, and breaks down HTMl5 into digestible chunks. Though the site itself doesn’t include much interactive content, it does link to many that do.
5 – YouTube!
Yes, YouTube. Did you know that YouTube offers an HTML5 beta program? Neither did I, until tonight. Now you will have to opt in, and have a compatable browser. Also, not all videos are in HTML5, but that is all discussed on the site. It is great, however, to see that some content has already been transcoded.
What are you waiting for? Go play! There’s a world of new stuff right around the corner, and I for one am incredibly excited to see what the developers push to next. Make sure to comment, and let us know about any other HTMl5 sites that you’ve found and think are fun.
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