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Adobe plugs HTML5 into Dreamweaver

A free extension for Adobe's Dreamweaver web authoring tool provides HTML5 support.

Shortly after shipping Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe has made available a free extension that provides support for HTML5.

The HTML5 Pack extension includes code hinting for HTML5 and CSS3 capabilities, WebKit engine updates and improvements to support video and audio in Live View, HTML5 starter layouts, and new CSS3 capabilities to help design multi-screen web pages.

"One of Dreamweaver's great strengths is its extensibility and it's encouraging to see that Adobe has wasted no time in providing support for those parts of HTML 5 and CSS3 that are already supported by several browsers," said David Powers, founder and developer of Foundation PHP.

"By adding support through an extension, rather than hard-baking it into the core program, Dreamweaver should be able to keep pace with developments as the specifications and browsers evolve," added Powers.

HTML5 is currently a working draft, not a formal W3C recommendation. Further changes may occur before it is standardised.

How can you get the Dreamweaver HTML5 extension? Find out on page 2.

The major browsers include some HTML5 support, but it is patchy. Much of the early interest in HTML5 concerns its support for video playback without requiring plug-ins.

Calum Russell, group marketing manager, Adobe Pacific said "For Australian and New Zealand developers, who create a host of innovative apps and RIAs, this is going to provide more opportunities and much greater choice for them to develop using the tools they want to use."

Russell predicted that local developers will produce "a wealth of exciting and cutting edge web sites and web applications developed using Dreamweaver CS5 over the coming months".

The HTML5 Pack extension for Dreamweaver CS5 is available for Mac OS X and Windows and can be downloaded for free here http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/html5pack.html` .



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