HTML5 Components and The Web is Wider than You Think

6:00 - 7:00: HTML5 Components by David Geary

7:00 - 7:30: Dinner

7:30 - 9:00: The Web is Wider than You Think by Scott Davis

HTML5 Components

by David Geary

HTML5 is still a relatively new technology, but it's rapidly maturing. One thing that HTML5 is currently missing is a way to easily build components, such as sliders or image viewers, for example, that you can drop into a webpage or web application.

In this talk you will see how to create your own ad-hoc components with today's technology, and you'll learn about an initiative underway to define a bona-fide component system for HTML5 so that you can implement your own components.


The Web is Wider than You Think

by Scott Davis

You've probably heard the old adage, "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." For web developers, this can be a dangerously narrow mindset. Chances are good that your end users visit your website on devices that bear precious little resemblance to the computer that you used to write it in the first place.

We are living in an era where the web is truly wide; it encompasses a diverse set of devices from smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops, all the way up to smart TVs and DVD players. The modern web developer can no longer assume a 1024x768 browser window size, let alone a keyboard or mouse.

In this talk, you'll see what it takes to support multiple input methods -- mouse-based hovers, finger-based pinching and stretching, and TV remote control-based button presses. You'll learn how Responsive Web Design allows your website to flow like water from a 3-inch smartphone screen to a 60-inch TV. But most importantly, you'll learn how easy it is to build your website with the flexibility to support the end user's device of choice -- perhaps even one that hasn't been invented yet.

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  • Adrian D.

    Does anyone remember the website tool that allows you to test responsive web design of any site? If you do remember, would you be so kind and share that info? :-)

    November 23, 2012

    • Neardark

      I unfortunately missed the meetup, but here's one I occasionally use:­

      November 23, 2012

    • Scott B.

      I was there but don't recall any specific software being mentioned other than maybe Google Chrome. Chrome Dev Tools has some very useful settings for testing responsive designs.

      I recommend installing Chrome Canary (­), then go to chrome://flags and enable Developer Tools experiments.

      November 23, 2012

  • Tom F.

    Dave Geary made a great case for the need to standardize web components. Scott Davis history to the World Wide Web reinforced the best practices of REST, AJAX and Responsive Web Design

    November 20, 2012

  • John B.

    Very good presentations. Both presenters did a great job. It made me even more excited about the direction HTML5 is going.

    November 20, 2012

  • Adrian D.

    Great information and presentations! Thoroughly consumed and absorbed the information!

    November 19, 2012

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