Telerik - an end-to-end provider of software application, lifecycle and content management solutions -has been busy of late. Recently the company released its new Icenium platform, which utilizes HTML5 for easy cross-platform development. The company also released an HTML5 study that was conducted across a very large group of developers that points to HTML5's growing importance. Now the company has released some very interesting additions to its Kendo UI HTML5 platform, among them new Java support, which we believe will up the ante on HTML5's enterprise value.
With the newly announced release, Telerik raises the bar for these platforms. The new Kendo UI upgrade adds highly interactive HTML5-based financial charts to Kendo UI DataViz, and now also delivers strong out-of-the-box accessibility improvements in Kendo UI Web.
A key piece of the new Kendo UI release is the new and highly interactive HTML5-based financial charts support for Kendo UI DataViz. Kendo UI DataViz now enables developers to present complex financial data in interactive charts that users can easily zoom, pan and manipulate on both desktop computers and mobile devices, such as the iPad. Additionally, support for real-time zooming and panning has been added to all existing Kendo UI DataViz chart types. Using these enhancements, developers can quickly present enterprise financial data in hardware-accelerated dashboards ready to support touch and mouse input, giving users unprecedented access to data and intuitive tools for quickly gaining insights.
Such data visualization capabilities are especially important for businesses that make heavy use of BI and related dashboards. Adding the capabilities to HTML5 (or rather, making it easy to develop them) is a key feature for enterprises.
Easy HTML5 Java Developers
Initially Telerik is releasing the Java wrapper technology as a short timeframe public beta. The company will - assuming nothing out of the ordinary springs up during the beta cycle - offer a General Availability version of the Java wrappers early in 2013. We also anticipate that Telerik will introduce additional server-side wrappers for other platforms next year.
Accessibility Standards Support
Out-of-the-box support for the modern WAI-ARIA accessibility standard (Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, which defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities, is a technical specification developed by the W3C), high-contrast themes that exceed the strict WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) contrast ratios, and extensive keyboard support are all present in the latest version. Developers working with Kendo UI will meet government accessibility standards and will be able to create highly accessible Web applications for end-users.
Additional Kendo UI Framework enhancements in the new release include numerous additional features and performance improvements, including:
Kendo UI Web: Right-to-left (RTL) support for all web widgets, critical for developers working with RTL languages, such as Arabic.
Kendo UI Mobile: Cross-platform gesture framework (tap, double-tap, swipe, pinch/zoom), new transitions and hardware-accelerated animations that help mobile apps look and feel increasingly native, as well as a powerful, intuitive Mobile ThemeBuilder with real-time, multi-device (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, MeeGo) theme previews.
Kendo UI DataViz: ThemeBuilder support, which allows developers to quickly customize chart styles without writing any code.
The question that always comes up when speaking of HTML5 is one along the lines of, it’s certainly highly useful, but is it ready for prime time? We believe it is, and we're sure Telerik believes it is.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli