HTML5 data communications

Cross-document messaging, WebSockets, and other HTML5 APIs bolster website and browser interactivity

By Peter Wayner, InfoWorld |  Software, HTML5

This will probably change if someone starts abusing them. There was no way to control pop-up windows until the advertisers made an annoyance of them -- then the pop-up blockers appeared. Will such controls be necessary? Although the standards seem simple and well thought through, hackers are surprisingly clever at chaining together several tiny slipups and turning them into a gaping hole. It may be good for everyone to adopt these ideas slowly while understanding the potential danger for fraud and malfeasance.

Note: This is the third article in a series devoted to the new features of HTML5. The first article, "HTML5 in the browser: Canvas, video, audio, and graphics," examined display options, including the <canvas> and <video> tags, Scalable Vector Graphics, and WebGL. The second article, "HTML5 in the browser: Local data storage," examined Web Storage, Web Database, and other APIs designed to transform Web pages into local applications. The next article will examine HTML5 forms.

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