(Orignally posted on the NTEN Blog)
Many thanks to the good people at NTEN for agreeing to let me stand up in front of a huge cheering crowd at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference to drop some serious science in my session, “Practical HTML5/CSS3 for Nonprofits (or ‘How to Party Like it’s 2011 When it’s Really Still 1999′).” The crowd will be huge, right? And cheering?
HTML5 is the latest in a long line of buzzwords — Web 2.0, AJAX, SEO, B2B anyone? — around Web Design and Development. In my session, I hope to do what I can to dispel some myth, clear up some misunderstandings, try to separate it from some of its buzzwordiness, and start a discussion about what nonprofits can stand to gain from this new standard — nonprofits who may be serving audiences trapped on outdated browsers and using slow dialup connections.
We often hear from clients that they want to convert something to HTML5. What they’re often talking about is a need to take something currently in Flash and make it “not Flash”. This is of particular importance as site visitors increasingly use iPhones or other mobile devices that do not display Flash. It’s a tricky request because more often than not what they actually want is not conversion to HTML5 at all. The misunderstanding, as is often the case, is all about definitions.
The exciting news is that there are some really revolutionary new bits in the soup. Some of these new bits are very, very, cool. Some of them add functionality that is going to prove to be indispensible for building mobile apps and all kinds of interesting, dynamic interfaces. Some of these new additions will cut development time we used to have to spend doing all kinds of mundane validation on forms and whatnot. We’ll focus on these new tags in March and discuss how to use them, when to use them, and when we can start using them.
And that’s the real question, isn’t it? When can we start using them? See you in March!