After many concerns over the ipads lack of support for Adobe Flash and swf files Apple has put together a remarkable webpage showing off HTML5 which is already supported on all good browsers (obviously not Internet explorer) and it is set to make the need for flash a lot less in the future especially for web video.
What is great is thatApple is showing exactly how it’s done with the examples so that you can do the same on your own websites.
Go and check it out at http://www.apple.com/html5
If you are still waiting for your iPad to arrive or wish to test whether your website looks good on the iPad there is an easy way to do it.
When you visit a website the server receives the user-agent string from your browser that you are using and can then provide the content tailored to your device.
This is great because webmasters can change websites or provide plugins which allow the website to display in the best way for your particular device.
Now something that is different with the iPad is that there are quite a number of great iPad webapps like the new Google webapp for iPad which includes features only available on the iPad, so instead of downgrading the application for the device, it is actually an upgrade.
To take advantage of the iPad’s large display, we’ve created a two-pane view with your list of conversations on the left and messages to the right.
Additionally you can also view any of the iPad-ready websites on your desktop.
The easiest way we’ve found is to spoof your Browsers user Agent string is as below:
Photo Credit thenextweb.com
This will provide the server with the following User Agent String, basically fooling the server into providing you the iPad version if available
Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.21.10
When you are using Fiewfox however viewing HTML5 video may be a problem depending on whether Firefox has started supporting H.264 codec or still only supports the license-free Theora format instead of H.264).
The Solution is really simple and easy and works great:
Watch HTML5 YouTube Videos in Firefox (on Windows)
Using the techniques above you can easily preview and use the iPad versions of websites, webapps and test your websites if you are a developer.
Appcelerator and the Awesome Titanium Platform
Iphone tutorials have previously evaluated CS5’s flash to ObjC which seems to be nice, as well as MotherApp outsourcing of your iPhone App.
AppCelerator seems to be an awesome platform, which now ALSO SUPPORTS the iPad
The program is openSource and will definitely help some developers to create Apps quicker than through traditional methods.
Can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next