HTML5 in the Web browser: Geolocation, JavaScript, and HTML5 extras

Geolocation, Web Workers, History manipulation, iFrame sandboxes, and other HTML5 specs laying the groundwork for a safer and smarter Web

By Peter Wayner, InfoWorld |  Development, HTML5

One of the sly games that smart managers play is attaching their current project to a big, high-profile tar ball rolling down the hill, full of momentum. Now that HTML5 has become white hot after languishing for 10 years of relative disinterest, many ideas that began as cool enhancements for the Web are latching on to the bandwagon. They may be relatively independent projects, but because they involve JavaScript and HTML, they're now part of the HTML5 juggernaut.

[ See also: HTML 5: The tipping point is with developers, not browsers ]

Consider the new JavaScript functions that let your Web page determine latitude and longitude if the code is running on a device that knows where it is. These are small enhancements that would have happened whether or not HTML5 became a buzzword that managers everywhere now feel compelled to add to their deck of slides. Yet now they're often considered in the same checklist full of HTML5 features.

[ Also on InfoWorld: "HTML5 in the browser: Canvas, video, audio, and graphics" | "HTML5 in the browser: Local data storage | "HTML5 in the browser: HTML5 data communications" | "HTML5 in the browser: HTML5 forms" ]

As we put together this series of articles about HTML5, a number of little ideas and features ended up with no place to go. They didn't naturally fit with the other articles that focused on areas such as HTML5 forms, data communications, local data storage, or the games people play with the HTML5 Canvas, video, and graphics specs. Some of these tidbits are officially part of the HTML5 standard and some are just fellow travelers, but they're all appearing in your browser soon. We had no better place to put them, so they're here.

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