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Paul Merrell

The Social Media Exodus Has Begun. Here's Where Everybody's Going. : The Corbett Report - 0 views

    Secure alternatives to current social media giants.
Paul Merrell

Google to block Flash on Chrome, only 10 websites exempt - CNET - 0 views

  • The inexorable slide into a world without Flash continues, with Google revealing plans to phase out support for Adobe's Flash Player in its Chrome browser for all but a handful of websites. And the company expects the changes to roll out by the fourth quarter of 2016.

    While it says Flash might have "historically" been a good way to present rich media online, Google is now much more partial to HTML5, thanks to faster load times and lower power use.

    As a result, Flash will still come bundled with Chrome, but "its presence will not be advertised by default." Where the Flash Player is the only option for viewing content on a site, users will need to actively switch it on for individual sites. Enterprise Chrome users will also have the option of switching Flash off altogether.

    Google will maintain support in the short-term for the top 10 domains using the player, including YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitch and Amazon. But this "whitelist" is set to be periodically reviewed, with sites removed if they no longer warrant an exception, and the exemption list will expire after a year.

    A spokesperson for Adobe said it was working with Google in its goal of "an industry-wide transition to Open Web standards," including the adoption of HTML5.

    "At the same time, given that Flash continues to be used in areas such as education, web gaming and premium video, the responsible thing for Adobe to do is to continue to support Flash with updates and fixes, as we help the industry transition," Adobe said in an emailed statement. "Looking ahead, we encourage content creators to build with new web standards."

Paul Merrell

Internet Archive: Scanning Services - 0 views

    I've been looking for a permanent online home for a couple of historical works I co-authored. My guidiing criterion has been the best chance of the works' long-term survival in a publicly-accessible form after my death. I think I may have just found my solution. 
Paul Merrell

Project Summary - 3 views

  • Maqetta is an open source technology initiative at Dojo Foundation that provides WYSIWYG tooling in the cloud for HTML5 (desktop and mobile). Maqetta allows User Experience Designers (UXD) to perform drag/drop assembly of live UI mockups.

    One of Maqetta's key design goals is to create developer-ready UI mockups that promote efficient hand-off from designers to developers. The user interfaces created by Maqetta are real-life web applications that can be handed off to developers, who can then transform the application incrementally from UI mockup into final shipping application. While we expect the Maqetta-created mockups often will go through major code changes, Maqetta is designed to promote preservation of visual assets, particularly the CSS style sheets, across the development life cycle. As a result, the careful pixel-level styling efforts by the UI team will carry through into the final shipping application. To help with the designer/developer hand-off, Maqetta includes a "download into ZIP" feature to create a ZIP image that can be imported into a developer tool workspace (e.g., Eclipse IDE).

    For team development, Maqetta includes a web-based review&commenting features with forum-style comments and on-canvas annotations.

    • Maqetta includes:

      • a WYSIWYG visual page editor for drawing out user interfaces
      • drag/drop mobile UI authoring within an exact-dimension device silhouette, such as the silhouette of an iPhone
      • simultaneous editing in either design or source views
      • deep support for CSS styling (the application includes a full CSS parser/modeler)
      • a mechanism for organizing a UI prototype into a series of "application states" (aka "screens" or "panels") which allows a UI designer to define interactivity without programming
      • a web-based review and commenting feature where the author can submit a live UI mockup for review by his team members
      • a "wireframing" feature that allows UI designers to create UI proposals that have a hand-drawn look
      • a theme editor for customizing the visual styling of a collection of widgets
      • export options that allow for smooth hand-off of the UI mockups into leading developer tools such as Eclipse
      • Maqetta's code base has a toolkit-independent architecture that allows for plugging in arbitrary widget libraries and CSS themes.
Paul Merrell

IBM Launches Maqetta HTML5 Tool as Open-Source Answer to Flash, Silverlight - Applicati... - 0 views

  • IBM announced Maqetta, an HTML5 authoring tool for building desktop and mobile user interfaces, and also announced the contribution of the open-source technology to the Dojo Foundation.
Paul Merrell

W3C Issues Report on Web and Television Convergence - 0 views

    • 28 March 2011 -- The Web and television convergence story was the focus of W3C's Second Web and TV Workshop, which took place in Berlin in February. Today, W3C publishes a report that summarizes the discussion among the 77 organizations that participated, including broadcasters, telecom companies, cable operators, OTT (over the top) companies, content providers, device vendors, software vendors, Web application providers, researchers, governments, and standardization organizations active in the TV space. Convergence priorities identified in the report include:

      • Adaptive streaming over HTTP
      • Home networking and second-screen scenarios
      • The role of metadata and relation to Semantic Web technology
      • Ensuring that convergent solutions are accessible.
      • Profiling and testing
      • Possible extensions to HTML5 for Television
Paul Merrell

HTML5 Video Available on the Web - October Update - 0 views

    • Last May, we took a look at how much HTML5 compatible video is out there. 5 months on, we figured now it would be worth taking another look.

      HTML5 compatible video available on the web is still experiencing substantial growth & the rate of adoption is picking up.

      Some Discoveries We Made

      • 54% of web video is now available for playback in HTML5. Double in 5 months.
Paul Merrell

Web Browser Supports Time Travel (Library of Congress) - 0 views

  • September 24, 2010 -- For those who use the Mozilla Firefox browser, you now have the option to time travel through the web.  MementoFox  is a free extension that users can add-on to their browsers.

    The extension implements the Memento protocal , which the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University are developing to enable capture of and access to older versions of websites. 

  • have the option to time travel through the web.  MementoFox  is a free extension that users can add-on to their browsers.

    The extension implements the Memento protocal , which the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University are developing to enable capture of and access to older versions of websites. 

  • Memento allows a user to link resources, or web pages, with their previous versions automatically.  The term Memento refers to an archival record of a resource as well as the technological framework that supports the ability to discover and browse older versions of Web resources. 

    One of the challenges of researching older versions of Internet resources is searching for them in web archives. With the Firefox add-on, users can easily view older versions in the same browser without having to search across archives.

    After a URL is specified in the browser, the newly released extension allows users to set a target day, using the slider bar (the "add-on").  The protocol will search archives across the web for previous versions of the URL.   As long as those archives are available on a server accessible across the web, MementoFox will return the previous targeted version.

    MementoFox is available for download  and developers interested in working with the protocol can join the development group .

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  • The Memento project receives support from the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.
Paul Merrell

Last Call Working Draft -- W3C Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 - 0 views

    • This is a Working Draft of the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) version 2.0. This document includes recommendations for assisting authoring tool developers to make the authoring tools that they develop more accessible to people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, motor difficulties, speech difficulties, and others.

      Accessibility, from an authoring tool perspective, includes addressing the needs of two (potentially overlapping) user groups with disabilities:

    • Examples of authoring tools: ATAG 2.0 applies to a wide variety of web content generating applications, including, but not limited to:
      • web page authoring tools (e.g., WYSIWYG HTML editors)
      • software for directly editing source code (see note below)
      • software for converting to web content technologies (e.g., "Save as HTML" features in office suites)
      • integrated development environments (e.g., for web application development)
      • software that generates web content on the basis of templates, scripts, command-line input or "wizard"-type processes
      • software for rapidly updating portions of web pages (e.g., blogging, wikis, online forums)
      • software for generating/managing entire web sites (e.g., content management systems, courseware tools, content aggregators)
      • email clients that send messages in web content technologies
      • multimedia authoring tools
      • debugging tools for web content
      • software for creating mobile web applications
    • Web-based and non-web-based: ATAG 2.0 applies equally to authoring tools of web content that are web-based, non-web-based or a combination (e.g., a non-web-based markup editor with a web-based help system, a web-based content management system with a non-web-based file uploader client).
    • Real-time publishing: ATAG 2.0 applies to authoring tools with workflows that involve real-time publishing of web content (e.g., some collaborative tools). For these authoring tools, conformance to Part B of ATAG 2.0 may involve some combination of real-time accessibility supports and additional accessibility supports available after the real-time authoring session (e.g., the ability to add captions for audio that was initially published in real-time). For more information, see the Implementing ATAG 2.0 - Appendix E: Real-time content production.
    • Text Editors: ATAG 2.0 is not intended to apply to simple text editors that can be used to edit source content, but that include no support for the production of any particular web content technology. In contrast, ATAG 2.0 can apply to more sophisticated source content editors that support the production of specific web content technologies (e.g., with syntax checking, markup prediction, etc.).
    Link is the latest version link so page should update when this specification graduates to a W3C recommendation.
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