The latest beta version of Google’s Chrome Web browser offers two significant new HTML5 tools for developers. The first is a speech-to-text API, which gives developers the opportunity to create Web apps that accept voice input. “When a web page uses this feature, you simply click on an icon and then speak into your computer’s microphone. The recorded audio is sent to speech servers for transcription, after which the text is typed out for you,” explained Google’s Satish Sampath.
Second, the new version of Chrome also supports GPU-accelerated 3D cascading style sheets (CSS). That makes it easier for developers to apply 3D effects to Web pages.