Greater video interactivity planned for HTML5
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Although the latest ratification of the venerable HTML standard has failed to revolutionize the Web in the ways that early evangelists had predicted, some developers refuse to give up on the remarkable potential of this powerful version of HTML. The inclusion of video embedding tags directly into HTML5 was heralded as one of the greatest leaps forward for the language, and according to StreamingMedia.com, HTML5 video could soon be given a new lease on life.
Taking it further
The news source reported that according to Chuck Hudson, co-author of "The HTML5 Developer's Cookbook," enhanced functionality could soon be implemented into the standard, allowing Web developers to leverage the power of HTML5 to provide users with a more interactive and immersive browsing experience. Speaking at the recent Streaming Media West conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., Hudson outlined his vision for the future of online video using HTML5.
"Everyone's used to embedding video now from the major sites for streaming video," Hudson told the news source. "But where we typically leave it off is just leaving the user to view the video and not actually engaging them and being interactive. The talk today was about adding components and adding experiences via things like subtitling and metadata onto the video itself to allow people to actually click on items in the video, hotspots, have better navigation with the video experiences and, overall, engage the user much more."
Seeing is believing
In the first example, The New York Times used HTML5 to great effect to provide its readers with an interactive story about an avalanche that claimed the lives of three people in the Cascade Mountains in Washington in 2012. Utilizing both presentational and stylistic elements, the resulting online experience made a compelling story even more engaging through the use of built-in HTML5 functionality such as canvas tags.
Another excellent illustration of the power of HTML5 was a cover feature about British singer/songwriter Natasha Khan by Pitchfork. This ambitious and stylish project featured a range of elements and, despite its appearances, the majority of the result was achieved using native HTML5 code. Parallax scrolling was accomplished using the data-scale, data-width, data-frames, data-factor and data-vector elements, while CSS3 was utilized to add interstitial interval and region effects like transitions, blends and alpha filters.
A remarkable tool
For aspiring Web developers, HTML5 knowledge is essential. HTML training at the American Graphics Institute can teach you how to start writing your own webpages. After a while, you may want to explore other complementary design practices, such as user experience (or UX) through UX training. After all, knowing how to create the code used in these and countless other examples is only part of the puzzle.
Whether you've dabbled in HTML authorship in the past or don't know the difference between an element and an attribute, our expert instructors will teach you how to design and create elegant, intuitive online experiences that can be adapted for almost any purpose, from corporate landing pages to individualized HTML email marketing campaigns. No previous experience is necessary, and with HTML training from the American Graphics Institute, you'll soon master the fundamental language of the Web in no time.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute. He is the co-author of Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies and more than 10 other books on design and digital publishing. He served as publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which has sold more than one million books on topics relating to InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro and other Creative Cloud apps. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers designers, and large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he also delivers Google Analytics classes along with workshops on digital marketing topics. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for more than 20 years.