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Understanding browser support


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EaselJS First Look

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Video: Understanding browser support

Unfortunately, neither Canvas nor EaselJS is supported in all browsers. So before we get started, I want to take a minute to talk about support for Canvas and therefore EaselJS in current platforms. One of my favorite websites for checking up on support for modern technologies is caniuse.com. The website lets you check for support for HTML and CSS features. Take a look at whether a browser supports the specific feature, you can type it in the search box or look through the list and click on a feature. You can see that most current browsers have Canvas support, but popular browsers like Internet Explorer 8 and below don't. You may have heard about a popular project from Google called ExplorerCanvas.

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EaselJS First Look
1h 28m Beginner Sep 21, 2012

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EaselJS is a free JavaScript library that makes creating interactive web content for HTML5 more straightforward and intuitive. This course transitions web designers, animators, and content creators who may be used to working with Adobe Flash and ActionScript to this new open web standard. Author Ray Villalobos first explains the capabilities of the EaselJS framework and the HTML5 Canvas element, and what they mean for web design. The rest of the course shows how to use EaselJS's helper classes and hierarchal display list to load images, draw, animate, and handle mouse input from visitors.

Topics include:
  • Installing EaselJS
  • Understanding how Canvas draws and animates
  • Drawing lines and strokes
  • Drawing with graphic primitives
  • Using the chaining and compacting commands
  • Animating shapes
  • Working with text
  • Importing bitmaps and vector graphics
  • Working with sprite sheets
  • Handling mouse events
Subjects:
Web Web Design Web Development
Software:
CreateJS EaselJS
Author:
Ray Villalobos

Understanding browser support

Unfortunately, neither Canvas nor EaselJS is supported in all browsers. So before we get started, I want to take a minute to talk about support for Canvas and therefore EaselJS in current platforms. One of my favorite websites for checking up on support for modern technologies is caniuse.com. The website lets you check for support for HTML and CSS features. Take a look at whether a browser supports the specific feature, you can type it in the search box or look through the list and click on a feature. You can see that most current browsers have Canvas support, but popular browsers like Internet Explorer 8 and below don't. You may have heard about a popular project from Google called ExplorerCanvas.

It tries to provide support on older browsers, but it isn't perfect and doesn't work well with EaselJS. You're probably wondering if you should start working with and learning about Canvas or EaselJS if there's not full browser support. Both of these technologies represent the future of the Internet. They'll be replacing the types of things you used to do with Flash on websites. It's a good idea to dig in and start learning them right now. If you're into building games or complex interactivity, Canvas is the way to go, because although older browsers don't support it mobile and future devices will.

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