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iPad’s AdLib HTML5 Framework Unearthed


Nicknamed the AdLib Framework after the name of a file found when digging around on his iPad (it’s AdLib-ug-ipad.js for the trivia buffs out there), a developer by the name of Jim Hoskins is credited as discovering Apple’s key to HTML 5 through its SDK and tools.

This is not the first web toolkit or framework that Apple has released, though this one was rather quietly and hidden.  Previous iterations include PastryKit for the iPhone/iPod Touch series of devices and another for the iTunes album content called TuneKit.  This could be considered PastryKit for the iPad as the Ajaxian coined.

AdLib may not even be called that by the Apple Glitterati, it’s simply nicknamed that based on files found and the AD prefix in front of the API calls.

The iPad AdLib Framework is comprised solely of CSS, Javascript and HTML.  While the extent of what theis new HTML5 framework brings to the table, looking at Safari’s bookmarks utility which is powered by the AdLib framework and unearthed files.  This indicates that Apple is looking to integrate web applications and desktop application user interfaces in the way that Microsoft tried to do with their HTML help circa 2000.  MSFT failed, Apple succeeds.

Reason?  HTML5’s open Standards.  Vehemently defended by El Jobso.

This all points to the release of OS 4.0 holding more than just interesting tweaks.  Stay tuned to the 4.0 launch coming up tomorrow.

“The framework looks to be extremely well thought out and complete,” Hoskins says. “Perhaps this will be a framework to support a future release of Dashcode, an application for writing dashboard widgets and Safari/iPhone web apps.”



Story by: MacNN | Original Published Date: 4/7/2010
Original Title: Developer uncovers iPad's AdLib web-based app framework - MacNN
Source: MacNN

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2 Responses to "iPad’s AdLib HTML5 Framework Unearthed"

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