Flashy HTML5 Experiments Point to Web’s Future
We’ve showed you where on the web you can find practical examples of HTML5 — like Google’s homepage, Scribd’s document viewer and Vimeo’s new video player. However, to really see the bleeding edge of HTML5 and what might be possible in the future, you’ll have to look beyond the practical.
Big names have released HTML5 showcase sites, Apple and Google among them. More importantly, hundreds of curious designers around the web are constantly experimenting with HTML5, trying to push the boundaries and see what’s possible with the new markup language and its related technologies. Many such experiments have little practical value as of yet, while others may well find their way into your favorite online games and web apps in the next few years.
One other thing to keep in mind: HTML5 is still an unfinished spec and browser support varies. All of these experiments work in the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera, but other versions of those browsers and Internet Explorer won’t be able to see these demos.
Hattab includes a note on his site saying, “please don’t use this as HTML5 vs Flash firewood,” which is worth mentioning since, yes, you could do many of these experiments in Flash, but that isn’t the point. The point is to do it using open web tools that will work everywhere — modern web browsers, iPhones, Android Phones, iPads, next year’s toaster and any other device with a standards compliant web browser.
Physics engines are useful for building web-based games, but how about some cool retro graphics? Yes, HTML5 can do that too.
Developer Joseph Huckaby has created a way to generate that old school video game look using a full 8-bit color cycling engine, rendered into a canvas tag in real-time. Huckaby used Mark Ferrari’s famous game illustrations to create some awesome classic video game scenes. You can learn more about how Huckaby created the 8-bit rendering engine on the Effect Games website.
The sketchpad was created by Ricardo Cabello, of Mr. Doob, which has dozens of other HTML5 experiments as well as plenty of Flash-based experiments.
This is just a small sampling of the many HTML5 experiments on the web. If you know of other cool sites, showcases or other experiments be sure to chime in the comments.