Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about HTML5 and Mobile

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Friday 9th March 2012

Saturday 10th March 2012

  • HTML5 APIs Will Change the Web: And Your Designs

    by Jen Simmons

    HTML5. It's more than paving the cowpaths. It's more than markup. There's a lot of stuff in the spec about databases and communication protocols and blahdiblah backend juju. Some of that stuff is pretty radical. And it will change how you design websites. Why? Because for the last twenty years, web designers have been creating inside of a certain set of constraints. We've been limited in what's possible by the technology that runs the web. We became so used to those limits, we stopped thinking about them. They became invisible. They Just Are. Of course the web works this certain way. Of course a user clicks and waits, the page loads, like this… but guess what? That's not what the web will look like in the future. The constrains have changed. Come hear a non-nerd explanation of the new possibilities created by HTML5’s APIs. Don't just wait around to see how other people implement these technologies. Learn about HTML APIs yourself, so you can design for and create the web of the future.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Creating Responsive HTML5 Touch Interfaces

    by Stephen Woods

    The proliferation of touch-based mobile phones and tablets means that users are accustomed to using touch gestures navigate - but so far primarily on native applications – how about web content? Creating responsive touch interfaces in HTML5 is not just possible, but its an amazing evolution of web user interfaces. At Flickr we've learned that because of the nature of touch events, the "feel" of the interface is more important than performance by the numbers. This session will guide you through how to create touch interfaces, with a focus on interfaces that FEEL responsive. Topics covered will include device support, hardware acceleration and handling complex gestures. We'll also focus on how to prioritize the work done in JavaScript so that the interface feels as responsive as possible.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Salon FG, Hilton Austin Downtown