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IE9 (Internet Explorer 9) includes hardware accelerated HTML5 Canvas

This post discuss some of the details behind HTML5 canvas and the kinds of things developers can build such as real time graphs, animations or interactive games without requiring any extra downloads. “Canvas is a way to program graphics on web using <canvas> tag. You can also use JavaScript to animate canvas drawings or make interactive experiences. By utilizing full power of PC with hardware acceleration for graphics and fast JavaScript for animation, web developers can use IE9 to build deep, graphically rich experiences.”

Amazon Shelf shows what shopping for books could look like when web site designer is able to use the kind of graphics, animations and smooth transitions that canvas enables:

Following demos showcase some gaming concepts like physics, character animation, collision detection and mouse interaction coupled with hardware accelerated graphics. FishIE Tank demo makes use of sprites to animate fish and basic collision logic to redirect the fish when they hit the edges of tank:


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