Chrome 33 Beta Lands With Custom Elements and Speech Synthesis API

Google has announced the release of Chrome 33 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux just a day after the release of the stable version of Chrome 32. This release brings some of the interesting features for the developers including the addition of Custom Elements, speech synthesis support in the Web Speech API, and Web payments on Mac.
 
So far Chrome 33 looks like to be focused on developers as its Custom Elements feature lets developers to define their own HTML elements to use in their Web applications, letting them to:
  • Define new HTML elements.
  • Extend existing elements.
  • Bundle together custom functionality into a single tag.
  • Extend the API of existing DOM elements.
Overall, developers can now write a much cleaner code when building apps.
 
Another new feature in this update is the Web Speech API, which was added in Chrome 25, that allows you to add speech recognition to their Web pages along with the built-in speech synthesis. This makes it  easier for the developers to list the supported voices from a given machine and then use the synthesized recordings to play back in a different language for the users.
 
Google has promised a Mac version of the Autocomplete API for the easy web payments to be included in a future release and here it is. Formerly, Google debuted it on Windows and Chrome OS.
 
Here is a brief of the other API improvements:
  • The Page Visibility API has been unprefixed.
  • WebFont downloading has been optimized so that the fonts (at the median) are available before the Blink layout is done, meaning that the net latency impact of using a webfont is usually zero, according to Google.
  • The Blink CSS Animations and Transitions implementations are now powered by the new Web Animations model. This change should not affect the developers or the sites.
  • Chrome now supports the latest version of the Web Notification API. Google will be deprecating support for the legacy API down the road, but wouldn’t say exactly when.
Chrome 33 is set to launch in late February or early March. Visit chromestatus.com for a complete overview of Chrome’s developer features.