For Your Reading Pleasure: EasyCaptions

Introducing EasyCaptions: A simple system for adding captions and an interactive transcript to online videos. EasyCaptions uses progressive enhancement to provide the best possible experience for all visitors, regardless of their browser’s JavaScript, HTML5 or Flash support. Demonstration Background I don’t produce much video these days, but as a web surfer I often encounter other … Continue reading “For Your Reading Pleasure: EasyCaptions”

HTML5 Video, minus Ogg

Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, refuse to support the MP4/H.264 standard because it isn’t open-source and free from licensing constraints. Without Ogg, Firefox’s HTML5 video is rendered useless and requires a Flash-based fallback system. However, Firefox’s handling of the video element breaks the fallback mechanism. A scripted solution is required.

Here’s a simple script that will detect whether HTML 5 video is supported in the browser, and if it is, will check to see if this is Firefox. If yes, it deletes the specified video element but leaves the Flash fallback in its place.

More SWFObject 2.0 examples

I just posted a few more SWFObject 2.0 examples: Plain-vanilla SWF embedding using SWFObject 2.0 Using SWFObject 2.0 with ExternalInterface Determining whether a SWF was successfully embedded (returning a boolean in JavaScript) Using SWFObject with an ‘onclick’ event Update: The SWFObject examples list is now located at http://learnswfobject.com

SCORM ActionScript 3 ZIP file fixed

A few people have contacted me to let me know the ZIP file for the SCORM ActionScript 3 example was missing the FLA file. Whoopsies! I’ve added the source files back to the FLA. You can download it from the downloads page. Thanks to everyone for letting me know. I usually work on this stuff … Continue reading “SCORM ActionScript 3 ZIP file fixed”

Lines in the sand

Being an idealist, I eagerly bought into what was being covered in grad school. I believed (and still do, to a point) that every project should follow ADDIE or a similar model. C’mon, it makes sense, doesn’t it? The line in the sand had been drawn: skip these principles at your own peril. Now that I’ve spent a few years working full-time as an instructional designer-slash-e-learning developer, I’ve learned first-hand that the instructional design ideals taught in grad school are quickly thrown out the window when you get a “real” job.