September 2011 was a busy month for the mobile web space. While we are still waiting for iOS5, Android Ice cream sandwich, new mobile browsers appeared in the ecosystem: Internet Explorer 9 for Windows Phone 7.5, Firefox 7 for Android and the upcoming Amazon Silk to be included in the new Amazon Prime tablet.
While the mobile space changes, there is one problem in the HTML5 world: the web community doesn’t fully understand the mobile world. That is why excellent resources such as Modernizr & Caniuse.com don’t have accurate information about the mobile web space and web developers should not rely on that information.
HTML5 is on everybody’s mouth but web developers have a great challenge: understanding mobile web space and guessing if an HTML5 feature has enough compatibility in the market to start using and testing with it.
Back in 2010 for my book Programming the Mobile Web, I’ve made a lot of testing over dozens of different mobile browsers. And that was the start for this new project.
And now I have a new big impulse for creating this site, a new upcoming book is now official: Mobile HTML5 to be published in early 2012 by O’Reilly Media, co-authored with Estelle Weyl, a great partner for this new project.
So MobileHTML5.org is the result of hours of testing over mobile browsers and I hope everyone can use and contribute to. This is just the start and I’m planning a bunch of new features for the following weeks, including: getting deeper in each API to understand differences between platforms; testing suites and code samples.