Google has unveiled its first homepage doodle to be built using only HTML 5 canvas, an element of the burgeoning web standard that allows developers to render dynamic bitmap images and 2D shapes.
Google software engineer Jered Wierzbicki came up with the idea after seeing Alexander Calder creations in Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, he said in a blog post on Thursday. "This is Google's first doodle made entirely using HTML 5 canvas, so you need to use a modern browser to interact with it," Wierzbicki wrote. "It runs a physics simulation on the mobile’s geometry, and then does realtime 3D rendering with vector graphics. Only recently have browsers advanced to the point where this is possible."
Indeed, a quick test of the doodle showed to it to work as an interactive object in Chrome and Firefox 5, but Internet Explorer — both IE9 and the IE10 platform preview — displayed it only as an immovable 2D image.
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