Adobe has released a preview of the Illustrator CSS5 HTML5 Pack. There is already an HTML 5 Pack for Dreamweaver.
Illustrator CS5 could already export in SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format, but the pack adds some interesting features.
You can also mark an Illustrator object as Canvas. This will convert the object to a bitmap that is drawn to a Canvas element within SVG.
There is also increased support for CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). You can use CSS to define fills, strokes, opacity, gradient, position, and named character styles.
Other features in the Pack include the ability to detect the HTML window size and vary the SVG that is delivered accordingly – to support mobile browsers.
When Apple’s Steve Jobs posted his thoughts on Flash – still online despite the company’s change of heart on cross-platform development tools for iPhone and iPad – he remarked:
Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.
Of course Adobe was doing this anyway, but it is interesting to see HTML 5 support now being extended. Export more HTML 5 goodness at the forthcoming MAX conference next month.
If you try the new HTML5 Pack read the installation instructions carefully. You have to back up certain files, otherwise it may affect whether you can apply future official updates.