Mozilla Vision 2012: The Future of HTML5 and Web Technologies

We are currently in Tokyo, Japan for the Mozilla Vision 2012 conference and hack day. For two days Mozilla Japan with friends from the other locations are putting up an amazing effort to encourage people to help us educate the next generation of web makers.

Chibi and Jono showing off a platform game

Being in Japan, all of this is of course wrapped in quite some amazing tech like voice activated robots with emotional responses, but also good old dinosaurs you can take your tourist shots with:

Chris Heilmann, Mozilla Godzilla and Mark Finkle

My part of the play was to give a talk about HTML5 and how we can use it now to give our users a better web experience. The slides are available.

There is an audio recording of the talk on

The demos I showed in the talk were:

Today we are at a hack day – stay tuned for some more of the information on that soon.

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  1. Charlie

    Any chance of supporting SRV records for HTTP lookups in 2012?

    I just read the history of this 12+ year old bug:

    I was amazed toward the end to see momentum actually picking up toward the end of 2011. I came away with hope that this will actually happen!

    The author of DNS & BIND expressed his wish for this back in 2000!

    January 21st, 2012 at 19:56

  2. pd

    All this HTML5 guff finally seems clear to me now. Browsers no longer care so much about evolving markup into web-application-supporting defaults but rather three common themes dominate:

    1) Making the web do everything that plugins can do (presumably because plugins are evil horrid things)

    2) Making the web do everything that is required for them to become a slightly lighter wrapper around an OS because of the perception that this is required for mobile phones

    3) Desperately trying to keep the browser’s general performance from suffering under the load of having to deal with so many more APIs and the perceived unlimited demands of users.

    It is very disappointing that APIs that would support every day developer, like web forms – you know, the widgets that desktop developers have taken for granted for decades? – are being overlooked. Getting rid of Flash is a great idea. Even opening the web to previously OS-level-only functionality like webcams has it’s merits .. however, HTML4 was quite broken. It featured a very broken layout model to replace table-based layouts and we still don’t have universal implementations of the first decent layout model: CSS3 Flexbox.

    When will browser vendors start fixing the broken web rather than mainly focusing on the multimedia web?

    January 23rd, 2012 at 06:02

    1. jdb

      hear, hear! it seems like neat, fun things that apply to a small percentage of users are added all the time while real meat&potato stuff that would really benefit the majority (like WEB FORMS, for crying out loud) get largely ignored.

      January 27th, 2012 at 08:40

  3. sofi

    I don’t know if I’m offtopic but I would love to see Speech Recognition for textarea, button, menu ect. (interactive element)

    I would just speak on my borwser and not press all those click !! already exists Google Voice Search & Windows Speech Recognition, but I would really like this works on every page & all web !!

    I think that I want for Moziila on 2013 !! :) I don’t know if already exists something & have not found :)

    Thanks very much for upload all these video & audio I have learned many things from them !!

    With kind regards,

    January 23rd, 2012 at 13:04

  4. Mustafa

    Great stuff as usual Heilmann. I think we are definitely in a web renaissance and its an extremely exciting time to be involved in the web.

    January 27th, 2012 at 09:28

  5. sathyamoorthi

    Only things here is for playing. What about developing big professional applications. No such examples or controls here

    February 6th, 2012 at 05:14

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