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article imageSoon you can just draw your webpage, says Microsoft

By Tim Sandle     Aug 30, 2018 in Technology
For those wishing to set up webpages but find the idea of writing code challenging, Microsoft are working on a solution - just draw the page and let an AI system create it for you.
Microsoft is introducing an artificial intelligence-led web design tool to make the creating of webpages easier. The new tool is called Sketch2Code. The software can convert a hand-drawn webpage and transform the mock-ups into a functional HTML setup. This builds on the concept of a drag-and-drop web page building app. What is different is the artificial intelligence component.
The new software is based on a Microsoft custom vision model. The model has been developed by training the artificial intelligence with images composed of different handwritten designs. The system can tag the relevant information in relation to the most common HTML elements. This includes functions like buttons, text boxes and images. The "custom vision object prediction model" essentially works as a tool of image recognition. A second artificial intelligence part is the Microsoft computer vision service. This serves to assess text written into a design element. This aspect can recognize handwritten text within the boxes to create a fully formed app or a webpage.
Further functionality is with Azure Blob Storage. Through this, each step involved in the HTML generation process is captured and stored. This is supported by Azure Function, which coordinates the generation process. The completed project is viewed via Azure WebSite.
Microsoft developed Sketch2Code in collaboration with Kabel and Spike Techniques. If the software proves to be popular, The Register notes this could lead to a new approach for web designers, allowing them to ditch the keyboard for a pen and let an artificial intelligence interpret the design of the website from doodles and scribbles.
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