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The HTML5 ecosystem is growing at an almost unbelievable rate, and it’s becoming hard to keep up. The State of HTML5 Mobile in 2012 post introduced some of the trends in mobile HTML5 development for 2012. Here is a list of some other hot topics to keep an eye on in 2012.

  • Animation and 3D via requestAnimationFrame, 3D CSS transforms and WebGL. Don’t be surprised if you find blockbuster games being released on the mobile Web in the coming year.
  • Improvements in file interactivity with the FileWriter API and the sandboxed FileSystem API.
  • Widespread support for IndexedDB should (finally) arrive in 2012. The need for a standardized interface to an indexable client-side database on mobile devices is growing larger by the day. With Web SQL dead for some time now, I highly expect iOS, Android and other platforms to introduce IndexedDB support in the coming year.
  • Both Google and Mozilla are working on (separate) implementations for the playback, generation and processing of audio streams. Expect to see rapid growth in this area in 2012.
  • Two APIs that will vastly improve the Web experience on the desktop are the Full Screen API (allowing Web pages to take over the entire screen) and the Page Visibility API (allowing Web pages to detect if they are no longer visible; i.e., if the user has switched windows or tabs to make the page inactive).

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About the author

  Joe Lennon is a Web and Mobile applications developer from Cork, Ireland. He works as Product Manager of Mobile Solutions for Core International, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading enterprise HR software vendors. Joe is the author of Beginning CouchDB, and is co-author of the forthcoming title HTML5 in Action. He is also a regular contributor to the IBM developerWorks library. You can learn more about Joe and his work on his website at .

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One Response to “More HTML5 Hot Spots for 2012”

  1. Stephen Greig

    The sheer scale and scope that HTML5 covers is pretty staggering.

    I think it will take a while for some of these technologies to properly make their way into the mainstream, but with the buzz behind it, 2012 will certainly be a huge year for HTML5.