Apple Web-standards demo requires Apple browsers
I realize the above title reads like an Onion headline, but it's true--the undeniably impressive exhibits of HTML5 Web coding that Apple posted to its Web site last night will ask users of almost all other browsers to install Apple's Safari browser first.
Click on any one of the seven demonstrations--"Video," "Typography," "Gallery," "Transitions," "Audio," "360º," and "VR"--in such competing browsers as Mozilla Firefox or Google's Chrome, and you'll get this notice:
You'll need to download Safari to view this demo. This demo was designed with the latest web standards supported by Safari. If you'd like to experience this demo, simply download Safari. It's free for Mac and PC, and it only takes a few minutes.
The funny thing is, Google built Chrome on the same foundation as Safari, an open-source framework called WebKit. (WebKit, in turn, dates to an older open-source project called KHTML.) As a general rule, pages that work in Safari should work in Chrome and vice versa. The same goes for the mobile versions of each browser used in Android phones, iPhones and iPads--that's the entire point of using Web standards, a point Google repeatedly made at its Google I/O developers conference last month.
I tried getting around Apple's screening with a standard remedy for uncooperative sites, adding a Chrome extension that would cause the browser to identify itself as Safari to Apple's site. That didn't make any difference.
Weirder still, a reader found that a different WebKit-based browser, the Omni Group's free, Mac-only OmniWeb, didn't get shut out. It couldn't present one video-playback option or run the VR demo at all, but it still provided a useful view of Apple's demos.
(Update, 2:19 p.m.: Another user wrote on Twitter that the demos also worked--without any user-agent hacks--in the Linux version of Chromium, the open-sourced, non-Google-branded version of Chrome, and posted a screenshot of the evidence.)
Apple doesn't have a blog or Twitter feed on which it might explain these technical issues, but I've sent in a query to Apple PR and will update this post when I get a response. In the meantime, I suppose you all can try e-mailing Steve Jobs.
And if you have a copy of Safari handy, please do check out the HTML5 demos--all built solely on Web code, without any plug-ins involved. In the video exhibit, for instance, you can watch a trailer of Disney's upcoming "Tron: Legacy" (warning: nerd trap), in which you can smoothly resize the video or tilt it to one side. The typography demonstration lets you type out sample text in a variety of fonts before applying various styles and effects. The transitions page whisks sample photos in and out of view with slick, iMovie-worthy visual effects. It's neat stuff--and I look forward to being able to appreciate it all in any modern browser, the way Web standards are supposed to work.
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