The Future

The techniques we talked about in this chapter, although not all part of HTML5 proper, represent the future of web development. We’ll be pushing many more things to the client side. Better history management makes Ajax and client-side applications much more intuitive and responsive for users. Sites like GitHub and Flickr take advantage of the History API right now while using fallbacks to ensure things work where full support isn’t available. Web Sockets can replace periodic polling of remote services for the display of real-time data. Now that the protocol has stabilized, you can expect to see Web Sockets becoming even more popular when creating real-time web applications, especially now that Internet Explorer 10 supports this feature. ...

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