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Here you will find a number of articles I have written the last few years. The subjects vary but are usually around web development, especially HTML5, but other topics are explored too.

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Refresh

As frequent visitors to this site may have noticed, I have recently refreshed this site’s design, and whilst it is still nothing fancy (for I am no designer!), it maintains its minimalistic approach and focus on content but hopefully should be a little faster.

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Accessibility Resources

Accessibility is something that sadly often gets ignored by developers, myself included, and in an attempt to increase my knowledge in this field I asked on Twitter if people could suggest some sites with good accessibility articles and information. I received a number of replies, but Jennifer Sutton emailed me a long list of excellent resources, most of which I am sharing here, with her permission.
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HTML5 Video Captions – Current Browser Status

The topic of HTML5 videos and captions is something that I have written extensively about in the past, specifically talking about creating your own UI via JavaScript to access multiple tracks since browser support is generally quite poor at the moment. I have decided to document here what the current browser support is actually like, at the time of writing.

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Dynamically adding text tracks to HTML5 video

In the past I have written on how the track element can be used to add captions and subtitles to HTML5 video, but this, and many other examples around the web, used a static example. But what if you need to load this information dynamically? This is what I’m going to take a quick look at here.

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Defining multiple captions and alt text for responsive images

With the welcome rise of the <picture></picture> element and srcset attribute, we now have control over what images are loaded when, allowing us to make our images more responsive, and even to change the image entirely based on screen size. Of course showing a different image in this case is not recommended, but it is possible that you might want to change the focal point of the image, showing less of a larger image, and highlighting a particular object or person within it. This is all well and good, but what about the image’s caption or alt text? How can we provide different captions or alt text per image, should the need arise?

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Dear Tech Recruiter

We need to talk.

I received your initial mail with anticipation, breathlessness even, but you didn’t say much. You left me wanting more, teasing me, I guess this is your plan – playing hard to get. It’s much too early to ask for my phone number though.

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