Blog

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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Bugs and Change Requests

As developers, dealing with bugs, issues, and change requests is part of our jobs, whether we like it or not. But one thing that those who report such things to us can get wrong, is correctly classifying the information. And this can be a problem.

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Getting Appcache’s Fallback to work, crossbrowser

Recently I decided to make my simple website available offline using HTML5‘s application cache. You’d think that this would be a fairly simple procedure but it turned out not to be so. As Jake Archibald said in , application cache is a douchebag and he’s not wrong.

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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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