HTML5 and CSS3 includes many new features that allow web developers to more closely mimic native apps. What this means to the average person is that websites can now act more like a program that one would install on their computer or smart phone.
Here at Intersites we love to incorporate these cutting edge features into our client projects. Sometimes, however, it's not easy to wrap them into just one project that we can feature here on our own website for visitors to experience.
Over Spring Break, I took a few days and put together a fun little project that includes those cutting edge features as an example of what's possible with the web and to showcase the direction it's moving.
Just Your Notes is this project. It allows you to easily create post-it or sticky type notes right from your web browser. Those notes are then auto-magically saved only to that browser on the computer or phone that you're using. If you close the page and come back later, your notes will be there waiting for you. What's more, they'll even be there if you don't have an Internet connection.
Below are a few of the new HTML5 and CSS3 technologies at work behind the scenes:
To learn more about just how close web apps are to native apps, see Chris Heilmann's excellent article, HTML5 myth busting.