Govt undertakes HTML 5 yatra

18 Sep,2013

By A Correspondent


An ‘HTML 5.0 Tour in India’ began in the capital on Tuesday (Sep 17) under the aegis of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. W3C Global Technology Leader Michael Smith delivered the detailed technical lectures along with technology demonstration about the new features of HTML 5.0 standard. The tour is being organized by the W3C India office.


From Delhi, the ‘HTML 5.0 Tour in India’ will be moving to 5 metro cities: Bengaluru (19th September), Hyderabad (21st September), Kolkata (23rd September) and Pune (25th September) [details available at]. The theme of the workshop in Bengaluru will be, “Understanding the web: Core features of the platform (HTML)”. Sadly no Mumbai where a fair number of users would be.


So why the sugar is MxMIndia carrying this news? Well, as we know, HTML5 is the next evolution of web development standards by which application developers create end-user experience. It provides a full programming environment for cross-platform applications with access to device capabilities, video and animations, graphics, style, typography, and other tools for digital publishing, extensive network capabilities and more. One of the most important benefits of HTML5 is that it is capable of making the Web useful on mobile and wireless devices, which will be next paradigm shift for internet growth in India (information source: ministry communique).


Now hear this (courtesy a press release from the ministry): The Web has become the main channel for governments to deliver services to citizens. Hence, Web technologies play a crucial role in the relationships between governments, industry and common citizens. W3C interoperable, open web standards help to ensure data accessibility independent of devices and platforms. The present series of workshops will be a big step towards creating awareness about the benefits and usage of HTML 5.0 standard for developing next generation web and mobile applications. The entire software and mobile computing industry in India is expected to be benefited from these workshops – which will provide a single unified platform for developers, web-designers , academicians and researchers to have one to one interaction about the upcoming standard of HTML 5.0 and its applications. This will accelerate the involvement of Indian ICT industry towards development of the next generation web standards and its adoption in India.


Now isn’t it strange that a session isn’t happening in Mumbai. Guess the government – and hence its allied bodies – the Expressway toll booths, the railways or airports – want Mumbaiwallahs do the trek to Pune for the gyaan. Or as some will tell you, they’ve been using HTML5 for a while. The government decision is good, but it could’ve come a while back.


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