HTML5 vs Newton – Gracefully degraded content.

Since Apple published a series of pages dedicated to HTML5 on its site, I’d been thinking about a little experiment: get on the Web with my Newton MessagePad 2100 and try to access those pages, just to see how they looked. Well, my friend Grant Hutchinson just beat me to it.

HTML5 on the Newton

He writes:

This series of screenshots shows Apple’s questionably named HTML5 and web standards showcase pages displayed on a Newton MessagePad 2100.

The Newton was running Eckhart Köppen’s lightweight, text-only Courier web browser, as well as Steve Weyer’s more capable Newt’s Cape browser.

Keep in mind that both browsers were developed prior to the existence of HTML5. While neither piece of software supports the advanced interaction or layout effects afforded by JavaScript and CSS3, the clean HTML5 markup is completely accessible.

That’s called gracefully degraded content.

Indeed. As Steve Jobs would say, Isn’t it cool? — Oh, and don’t miss the rest of the set on Flickr.

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