Google Unveils New Web Initiatives for HTML 5 Era

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Google today started its largest yearly developer conference Google I/O 2009 with [announcements of new web initiatives and products]( to enable and accelerate web application development. One of the key theme of this year’s two-day event is to promote open web technologies and new functionalities in HTML 5 standards.

HTML 5 standard is still work in progress with some expect the draft spec may not be rectified for years. However the latest build for all open standard browsers (Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome) has support for HTML 5 features such as rich animation, canvas 2D drawing, MIME type and protocol handler, offline storage database, in-browser editing and drag-and drop. HTML 5 represents the biggest leap of web standards in almost a decade.

“Bet on the web,” said Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Developer Products at Google. “Its rate of innovation has dramatically accelerated over the past 12 months, giving rise to an open web platform that’s fundamentally more capable and more sophisticated than even a year ago. The combination of HTML 5, a vibrant developer community, and the pervasiveness of modern web browsers is delivering a programming model and an end-user experience that will surprise and delight people.”

Beside unveiling Java support in App Engine and its Android Developer Challenge initiative, Google introduced [Google Web Elements]( to the 4000 strong attendees. Google Web Elements are widgets of contents from Google such as Maps, News, YouTube as well as social networking features of Google Friend Connect. Web Elements make it easy to developer to add such functionality by just copying and pasting few lines of code.