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September 15, 2010 at 3:53 PM

IE9 video: USA Today designs a before- and after-Katrina site

SAN FRANCISCO — USA Today showed a new website that compares before and after photos to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“We think HTML5 is going to be huge,” said Steve Kurtz, vice president of digital development. “We just had to start building stuff in it.”

The site overlays past and present photos so that when you move a bar back and forth the photo switches versions.

USA Today was one of several Web companies that demonstrated sites built on the new Web technology at Microsoft’s Wednesday event to promote the beta launch of Internet Explorer 9. The new generation of browser from Mozilla, Google and Microsoft support HTML5 development standards, opening the door to build richer, more immersive websites.

Here is a video of Kurtz showing how the site works.

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