OK, so this video has been out since late summer, but it’s still worth checking out. Popular band Arcade Fire enlisted Director Chris Milk to create the video for their song “We Used to Wait” and he’s done it all in HTML5. What does this mean? Basically, HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the World Wide Web. It includes new tags and behaviors which work behind the scenes to display your web page of choice… and it does so without the use of Flash animation.
Check out the site for the Arcade Fire video… you’ll need to be using Google Chrome as your browser, since the video was optimized for that environment. When prompted, enter the street address of your childhood home (or anywhere, really) and wait a few moments until the multi-window presentation begins, complete with “footage” taken from Google maps of the location you entered. Check out how the action seems to flow from one window to the next. It’s a little creepy, a bit poignant, kinda cool, not earth-shattering, but it does point a way to future interactive web presentations.