A much neglected but most successful feature of HTML5 has been the implementation of the HTML parser in every browser laying the foundation for consistent rendering of all Web pages across all HTML5-ready browsers. This has allowed us to focus on more powerful features that would enable creating great experiences for the Web.
This is why Adobe has been contributing features that would bring these experiences to end-users through standardizing them via W3C and contributing code to WebKit, Blink, and Gecko -- the rendering engines that power Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and Mozilla's Firefox. Some of the features we are working on are Regions (for next-generation text layout), Blend Modes (for graphic manipulation via code), and Shapes (for nonrectangle text wrapping).
Apple's iWork for iCloud and Google Docs have already been helping push the envelope of what's possible on the Web. Developers and designers such as Garann Means, TJ Holowaychuk, Guillermo Rauch, Chris Coyier, Lea Verou, and Hakim El Hattab are all helping test the edges of new technology and informing Web features and enlightening the larger creative community on what is possible on the Web.
Most of these features are new and fairly untested across browsers. But Browser Developer tools are getting better at making it easier to write and debug code for these new features. Web Platform Docs and Mozilla Developer Network provide exhaustive documentation to help creatives understand how each of them work and how to use them.
The future of the Web holds great promise, but we are at the cusp of its potential, and it is easier to see the challenges we face. We want to create a powerful Web platform where creatives see possibilities instead of constraints that limit their expression.
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