Chrome 33 beta: focus on Web Components


While Chrome 32 inaugurates a number of new graphics, version 33 of the browser, in beta, introduces improvements to accelerate the construction of web interfaces.

While Chrome 32 has just come out of Google’s labs (read the article: Chrome 32, a Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 style optimized), the group lifts the veil on the beta version of Chrome 33.

This time, Google has focused its work on the rendering engine. In particular, it introduces support for Custom Elements. In the process of standardization within the W3C, they allow to support Web Components, reusable HTML/DOM tags.

Custom Elements and Web Components could bring about a real revolution in web development, bringing it into the era of object-oriented graphic development. Templates, decorators (using CSS selectors), custom elements, Shadow DOM… “Web Components allow to combine several elements to create reusable widgets with a level of richness and interactivity that is not possible today by limiting itself to CSS,” explains the W3C.

Another evolution inaugurated with Chrome 33: the integration of a possibility of voice synthesis in the Web Speech API, facilitating the sound translation of a text. The loading performance of WebFont has also been optimized. The browser also supports the latest version of theWeb Notification API.

The finalized version of Chrome 33 should be available in late February or early March.


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