Intel throws its weight behind HTML5

Intel pads its seal of approval by flaunting its decades-long history in programming

Intel is expecting big things from HTML5.

While best known as the chip giant for PCs, Intel also has its hands in software development. This week, the company preached its backing for HMTL5 technologies, which provide standard programming mechanisms for building Web applications. During a briefing this week in San Francisco, Intel's Michael Richmond, senior architect in the company's Open Source Technology Center, positioned HTML5 as a technology for applications beyond just website development.

"You're going to see applications that exploit screen real estate in a way that we haven't seen before," Richmond said. He cited HTML5 applications that automatically adapt to different screen sizes, offering more information to the user when a bigger screen is detected. HTML5 also can offer benefits over native programming in that developers do not have to redo all their code for each new platform, Richmond noted. "For us, the developer economics are compelling."

He referenced Intel's history in programming, saying that "Intel has been a proponent and student of advanced programming technologies and productivity enhancement tools really since the mid-1970s." Which would mean the company has been involved in this space since before any 20-something or many 30-something developers were even born.

Intel's primary tool for HTML5 application development is its Intel XDK. HTML5 has featured a set of standard technologies for building so-called modern, multimedia-enhanced Web sites, including the HTML5 specification itself, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), JavaScript, and WebSocket for bidirectional Web communications.

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