(spoiler alert...they should)
Recently, you may have heard a lot of discussion about "HTML5". I believe HTML5 is a game changer. It can revolutionize the way we design our FileMaker databases. I have spent many years in the FileMaker market. I believe this combination of technologies is going to lead to some of the most dynamic FileMaker Layouts that possibly we've ever seen. This is the inception of some very exciting and compelling things are moving forward in the FileMaker world.
So what does this mean to us FileMaker folks? It means a great deal actually.
"Embedding HTML5 technologies into your web viewers requires nearly NO WEB EXPERIENCE and instead leverages your existing scripting and calculation skill sets along with some copying and pasting from free web resources."
Granted, the HTML5 technology combination is intended for those who create pages that can be read by web browsers, in the FileMaker development environment we have the ability to GENERATE HTML5 from within our calculation engine.
Then, we also have the ability to display the generated HTML5 within our layouts and even make them a fully integrated application that can allow us to do nearly endless things within our FileMaker layouts.
I like to refer to the Web Viewer as: "A Calculation that results in a Web Page" After all, the Web Viewer requires an input of a calculation string that outputs either a properly formatted URL or a page of text that can be read by a browser.
So, like other calculations that output Text, Numbers, Dates or even Containers, Web Viewers allow us to output a web experience that our users can interact with while in the context of our FileMaker layouts. AND, with a "localization" technique, you can generate output that DOES NOT REQUIRE web connection and CAN BE VIEWED On iPads and iPhones!
This means that even if FileMaker native layout tools and functionality do not allow you to create the user experiences that your solutions require, then embedding a web viewer and using other technologies (like HTML5) within them solves that problem.
It also means adding "wow" factor and interfaces that your users LOVE while never leaving the FileMaker layout experience. This is not just for spinning logos and wacky graphics, but for seamlessly integrating features into your FileMaker solutions that will meet requirements you previously felt were impossible. I know what you are thinking.
If you are interested in learning more about integrating "HTML5" and FileMaker, Please make sure to attend my session at this year's FILEMAKER DEVELOPER CONFERENCE where I present "Intro to FileMaker and HTML5". (Click here to add it to your calendar).
In the meantime, for a primer, check out the links below as well as this excerpt from my recent lynda.com video where I introduce HTML5 in the web viewer. I will continue to post updates on this topic to http://www.FileMakerHTML5.com . If you would like to to be notified of updates, please follow us on twitter .