The 10 Coolest Open Source Applications Of 2010


10. HTML5

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Who needs Flash when you have HTML5? Scheduled for release by the time you read this, HTML5 holds enormous promise for the browser experience without requiring a plug-in, proprietary or otherwise. Features such as drag-and-drop, animations, video playback with synchronization, transitions, interactive canvas and font manipulation, advanced typography, Web SQL data storage and rollback, online/offline testing and a host of other capabilities are on tap.

Leading the charge is Apple, which already supports the spec in its Safari browser, and whose HTML5 demo web site shows how the nascent spec can be combined with CSS3 and JavaScript to create an amazing Web experience the way no single screen shot can.