Ogg vs World (as picked up from Slashdot)

Ogg had been discussed a lot lately. Having messed a bit with it and having felt the pain about dabbling with it and with vorbis and theora probably I could chip in. I said “a pain”, quite subjective and I think the term summarizes my overall experience with it. If that’s because it is “different”, “undocumented” or just “bad” is left to you readers to decide. Even messing with NUT hadn’t been this painful and NUT is anything but mature. Now let’s go back digressing about Ogg. Mans stated what he dislikes and why, Monty defended his format stated that his next container format will address some of shortcomings he agrees are present in Ogg. Both defense and criticism are […]

VideoLAN Web Plugin: xpi vs crx

One of the main issue while preparing streaming solution is answering the obnoxious question: Question: Is possible to use the service through a browser? Answer: No, rtsp isn’t* http, a browser isn’t a tool for accessing any network content. * Actually would be neat having rtsp support within the video tag but that’s yet another large can of worms Once you say that you have half of your audience leaving. Non technical people is too much used to consider the browser the one and only key to internet. The remaining ones will ask something along those lines: Question: My target user is a complete idiottechnically impairednaive and unaccustomed and could not be confronted with the hassle of a complex installation […]

The zoom factor in webkit and gecko

Apparently all the major browsers tried to provide a zoom facility to improve the overall accessibility for the web users. Sadly that often breaks horribly your layout, if you are developing pixel precise interaction you might get a flood of strange bug reports you might not reproduce. We got bitten by it while developing Glossom, severely… Our way to figure out it’s value is quite simple once you discover it: Firefox scales proportionally the borders and makes the block dimensions constant, Webkit seems to do the opposite. It’s enough to check if a element with known dimensions and border width has it’s value reported as different and your can find our which is the factor. This obviously is quite browser […]

ACR got support for user permissions

ACR opensource Turbogears2 CMS got support for user permissions to allow users to edit only some pages and create children only in some sections. This should permit to separate work between multiple people in ACR based sites. ACR also got support for blog/news slice template. This permits to create blogs in ACR with just two clicks instead of having to declare the ACR slicegroup youself. As usual you can download ACR from http://repo.axant.it/hg/acr by using mercurial