HTML5 Elements for BlackBerry

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As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, WebKit has come to BlackBerry®! This is an exciting time not only for the BlackBerry Web Platform, but for web technologies in general. With the combination of WebKit and the new W3C standard for HTML5, web applications are going to become more and more powerful.

Here at Research In Motion® (RIM), we’re incredibly excited about this development. The support of WebKit and HTML5 in BlackBerry® 6 – along with the recent introduction of BlackBerry® Widgets – shows the way the platform is changing and growing for web developers looking to make rich, compelling apps that have the same look, feel and features as a native application.

HTML5 contains lots of new elements for developers to leverage, including elements to help make web content easier to index and optimize for search engines; elements that enable you to play media in your application; elements that let you take it offline; and a plethora of other features to make your application a thing of beauty. The BlackBerry implementation of WebKit and HTML5 will be no different – going forward with the BlackBerry 6 Browser and Widget engines, you’ll be able to leverage all of the same elements that you would for any desktop browsers with virtually no limitations.

These elements include:

With the added capabilities of HTML5 to the BlackBerry® Browser, web developers will be able to create content that they would have never been able to run through the mobile web before – compelling games, interactive media, 3D graphics, and the list goes on. HTML5 looks to be an invaluable tool for web developers around the world!

Here’s a few blogs and websites with some examples of the compelling features of HTML5:

Please feel free to post your HTML5 experiences so far, and share with us how you plan to leverage this exciting new technology!

About Prosanta B.

Prosanta is a member of the BlackBerry Developer Relations team specializing in Web Development. Prosanta’s focus is on developing out the web platform and tools associated with web development while supporting the development efforts of a number of Independent Software Vendors. Prior to joining RIM, Prosanta had worked on numerous web portals for major multinational firms writing both front and backend code.

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