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Learning Firefox OS Application Development by Tanay Pant

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HTML5 and open web applications

Open web applications are those web applications that make use of open standard technologies, such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and so on. These applications differ from native applications based on the fact that open web applications run on a web browser and hence can be accessed from a wide range of devices. These applications can be installed, access device hardware via the WebAPIs, and be run offline by making use of technologies such as AppCache and IndexedDB. However, these applications should be designed in such a way that they are cross-platform; if a device does not have all the hardware capabilities, then there will be a graceful degradation of the features of the application. Open web applications do not ...

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