Author Archives: Sam Dutton
Screencast and post explaining how to enable WebRTC in Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame. Continue reading
I’ve written a detailed introduction to WebRTC on HTML5 Rocks: http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/webrtc/basics/ Continue reading
Video of the Chrome Developer Tools session at Google I/O 2012 with Sam Dutton and Pavel Feldman. Continue reading
If you haven’t had a look at the HTML5 track element — check it out my tutorial on HTML5 Rocks. The track element provides a simple, standardised way to add subtitles, captions, screen reader descriptions and chapters to video and … Continue reading
I’ve built a Google Chrome extension called Hold It! that pauses video when it’s not visible. For example, when you: minimise a window with a video playing in it move to a different tab open a video link in a … Continue reading
Win a Chromebook in the Italian Google Chrome Web Store competition. Continue reading
For web apps to be as good as native apps, they need better context (right click) menus. Take a look at the screenshot above. This shows what happens when you click on a person in a Google+ circle: I’d like … Continue reading
Demo of the Page Visibility API: useful for checking if a web page is — or becomes — visible or hidden. Continue reading
TextWrangler is a great text editor for the Mac.
Here’s a handy AppleScript to enable HTML files to be opened in any browser, including Chrome. Continue reading
I’ve written an application to search Shakespeare’s sonnets, which links to Quarto 1 facsimiles of each of the poems at the the University of Victora Internet Shakespeare Editions website. You can access it as a plain old web page in … Continue reading
I’ve built a free Chrome extension for bookmarking video timecodes and capturing framegrabs. It’s called Framegrabber and you can get it here. Framegrabs are still images of individual film frames. The Framegrabber extension makes it possible to take framegrabs from … Continue reading
School reports have always been a bit useless.
Recently, in English primary schools at least, they’ve got even worse: verbose and clogged with jargon.
The new-style reports are a pain for teachers to compile, and written in language that’s unlikely to be read or understood by many parents. Given the pressures on their time, teachers resort to sharing report statements online, or software that writes reports automatically. Report statements can even be bought on eBay.
A simpler approach would be better for everyone.
Jude Cowan (who works for ITN Source) has written an excellent book of poems in response to what she’s seen as a video archivist for Reuters: http://www.forthemessengers.co.uk/extracts.htm Continue reading
A response to Neil McAllister’s article, questioning whether or not the HTML standard has failed. Continue reading
Chrome extension debugging can be confusing. This post has some suggestions to make extension debugging easier. Continue reading