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Data Visualization: Representing Information on Modern Web by Swizec Teller, Ændrew Rininsland, Simon Timms, Andy Kirk

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HTML visualizations

The final piece in the puzzle is HTML5. When I was young, a new version of HTML meant another long-winded specification from the World Wide Web consortium. The specification process for a new version of HTML would take several years and would be planned out by a committee with members from large technical organizations such as Microsoft and IBM. While there is an HTML5 specification, it is not as formal as previous iterations. The term HTML5 has come to describe a collection of future-oriented technologies that can be used to create powerful web applications.

HTML5 includes specification for diverse features such as the following:

  • Web workers (multi-threaded JavaScript)
  • Touch events for touchscreen devices
  • Micro-data formats
  • Canvas ...

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