Itâ€™s a glorious time to be a web geek! Did you see the cool effect the folks at Google added to their logo the day before they made their big announcement about changes to the perennial search engine? Itâ€™s gone now, but for a brief period when you moused over the logo, it flew apart in colorful blobs avoiding your mouse.
To most peopleâ€™s surprise (OK, maybe only to most web geeksâ€™ surprise), this interactivity was not created with Adobe Flash, but instead using the most recent versions of common Web technologies. Itâ€™s likely that youâ€™ve already benefited from these new Web technologies: HTML5 and CSS3. They are already popping up all over the place, despite the fact that they are not supported in the most popular browser, Internet Explorer <insert dramatic pause here> at least not until today!
Thatâ€™s right, the next version of Internet Explorer version 9 will support HTML5 and CSS3 and that version will be released today 15 September as a public beta!!
And there was much rejoicing!!!
Our long nightmare is finally over. Now everyone will be using a modern browser and Web designers can finally do really cool things without Flash. Ok, maybe Iâ€™m being premature â€” itâ€™ll take a while before everyone is upgraded â€” but a guy can dream, canâ€™t he?
The great thing about any ground breaking technology is all of the cool experiments that get thrown together. The early adopters are less worried about finding practical applications and more interested in just playing around to create new toys.Â Letâ€™s play with a few today!
Below is a list of my favorite 10 new Web toys. Of course you will need a modern browser â€” Safari 5 or Chrome 6 are usually best, but Firefox 3.6 will work for a lot of them. If you are running Windows â€” and are very brave person â€” you should go download Internet Explorer 9 right now and test these toys out. Let me know in the comments if all of them are working for you in your browser of choice.