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Fundamentals of video on mobile

Watch my Google I/O video: Fundamentals of video on mobile: Responsive media Coping with variable connectivity Accessibility and fallbacks Formats and codecs    

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WebRTC in the real world: signaling, TURN and STUN

New on HTML5 Rocks: a detailed look at building servers for WebRTC. html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/webrtc/infrastructure

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simpl.info: simplest possible examples of HTML, CSS and JavaScript

I’ve built a site to provide simplest possible examples of HTML, CSS and JavaScript: simpl.info github.com/samdutton/simpl Motivations: ‘Show me the code!’ ‘Does technology X work on platform Y?’ ‘Where the heck is that Foo example I saw?’ A minimum of ‘huh?’ … Continue reading

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WebRTC in Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame

Screencast and post explaining how to enable WebRTC in Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame. Continue reading

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Introduction to WebRTC – now on HTML5 Rocks

I’ve written a detailed introduction to WebRTC on HTML5 Rocks: http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/webrtc/basics/ Continue reading

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Chrome Developer Tools, Google I/O 2012

Video of the Chrome Developer Tools session at Google I/O 2012 with Sam Dutton and Pavel Feldman. Continue reading

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Getting started with the HTML5 track element

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

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Cherry Cream Delight

I can’t believe the things I’ll eat when I’m on a plane. Continue reading

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Automatically pause video when it’s not visible

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

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Win a Chromebook!

Win a Chromebook in the Italian Google Chrome Web Store competition. Continue reading

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Chrome extension to test navigation and page load speed

Page Speed Test is an extension that displays a timeline of navigation and page load events for the current page, and a historical chart of page load timing data for all visits to the page. You can get it from https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lgmnmdkkghdeagbghognjbjijpnckcid?hl=en-US. Continue reading

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Web apps need better context menus

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

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The Page Visibility API

Demo of the Page Visibility API: useful for checking if a web page is — or becomes — visible or hidden. Continue reading

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AppleScript to view HTML in a browser with TextWrangler

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

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Instant search for Shakespeare’s sonnets

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

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Framegrabber Chrome extension

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

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Shakespeare’s sonnets in JSON format

JSON version of Shakespeare’s sonnets Continue reading

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For The Messengers

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

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The BBC, Glow and jQuery

The BBC’s JavaScript library Glow 2 ‘is no longer in active development. We are currently researching and developing a BBC JavaScript library that uses jQuery for its core DOM manipulation functionality.’ Continue reading

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Additional methods for JavaScript Array

Additions to the JavaScript Array prototype making it easier to work with numeric arrays. Continue reading

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