HTML5 APIs Which Add Fun to Web Development
The world of web development has changed considerably with the advent of HTML5 markup language. This new version has added the much needed gloss factor to the markup language. One of the core areas of upgrades in HTML5 has been Application Programming Interface, popularly known as the API. APIs cater to a range of web development needs both for desktops as well as smart-phones. Let us take a look at some of these APIs which have added the fun element to web development.
Full Screen API
This is one of the most popular HTML5 APIs among developers. With the help of this API, the website can be set in full screen mode to display images, videos and games using HTML5’s canvas element. Unlike F11, which was previously used to switch to the full screen mode, this API allows the user to keep access to all the other key elements such as the desktop and other controls of the browser such as tabs etc. This API seeks the user’s permission to launch the full screen mode of the website.
Application Cache API
HTML5 has introduced Application Cache API which helps in caching the web applications. This makes the application available to the users even an Internet connection.
Page Visibility API
Imagine the advantage that a developer would be in if he or she could judge the visibility of a page in a user’s browser? Now this is exactly what Page Visibility API does for the developers as it allows them to listen when a user is on the website’s tab and when he or she is moving away, paving the way for better resource utilization.
Videos have become an important element in a website these days and with the help of this API you will be able to access the user’s media hardware such as the camera and click photographs right on the browser. This API comes extremely handy in websites such as social networks etc where users can click their display pictures within the browser itself.
This API has been designed for mobile users allowing them to know the status and level of their battery backup in their smart-phones and tablets. This can go a long way in optimizing the performance of the device as it can stop those applications which consume a lot of battery and run only those which are must.
All these HTML5 APIs take website development to a new level making websites smarter than ever before and giving developers more insight into the behavior of the users.