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This blog is dead…

As you can see from the next post, this blog hasn’t been updated in over three years. Instead of rebooting it yet again, I’ve found a new place to write at Medium and at the HTML5test blog. Or follow me at @rakaz.

H.264 video is now (slightly more) royalty free

Last week the MPEG-LA announced that it will not charge any royalties for streaming H.264 encoded video in the future. That does change much from the current situation. A couple of years ago the MPEG-LA already promised it would not change for streaming H.264 video until December 2011 and earlier this  year this was extended […]

Problems with HTML5 video codec detection

In case you haven’t heard yet, Microsoft released a new preview release of Internet Explorer 9 with all kinds of great goodies we have been waiting for, including HTML5 video support. I did notice that this new preview didn’t score any bonus points on the HTML5 test for its video and audio support. This was […]

HTML5 test updated: how well does your browser support HTML5 now?

Earlier today I’ve released a new version of the HTML5 test. The goal is still the same: to show an indication of how well your browser supports the upcoming HTML5 standard and related specifications. It was clearly time for an updated test, because browsers were starting to get very close to the original maximum score […]

Microsoft talks big about HTML5 but shows very little

I’ve just downloaded the first Internet Explorer 9 platform preview and tried out the demos. And frankly I am confused. They mention HTML5 all the time in the press release and on the IE blog. There are even five dedicated HTML5 demos… Imagine my surprise that after running the HTML5 test, Internet Explorer scores exactly the same as IE […]

Ogg Theora: 3 – H.264: 3

With the revelation that Internet Explorer 9 will support HTML5 video the score is tied. Opera and Mozilla are pushing for Ogg Theora. Safari and Internet Explorer will support H.264 and finally Chrome supports both.

Microsoft intends to ship Internet Explorer 7 with Windows Phone 7

Today Microsoft released the SDK for Windows Phone 7. It includes an emulator with a build of Internet Explorer. The useragent reported by the emulator is Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows Phone OS 7.0; Trident/3.1; IEMobile/7.0). I’ve also ran the CSS selector test and the HTML5 test and both report the same numbers as the desktop […]

The HTML5 Test

Want to know how well your browser supports HTML5? Try the HTML5 test and find out. Points are awarded for every HTML5 feature that is supported. Added together these points give a total score between 0 and 160. Compare multiple browsers or different versions of the same browser and find out which vendor is slacking […]

Opera Mini for the iPhone

Opera announced that they ported their Opera Mini browser to the iPhone and will be submitting it to the App Store. It isn’t the first third-party browser for the iPhone but all others were based on the standard Webkit component that is available in the SDK. Opera Mini is unique in this regard because it […]

Re: The iPhone obsession

I’m afraid PPK has gone off the deep end again. While I value his work on documenting desktop browser quirks and mobile browsers immensely, it is getting more and more difficult to take him serious when he rants about the iPhone.

iPhone webapps are not as bad as people think

Earlier this week Peter-Paul Koch wrote an article on how iPhone developers were stupid for not recognizing the potential of developing webapps. I agree with many of his points why webapps are a good alternative for native applications. I also agree that some of the apps that Apple currently ships with the iPhone could be […]

Windows Mobile Widgets are totally ridiculous

A couple of weeks ago I went to a workshop by Peter-Paul Koch about W3C widgets. Widgets are little more than packaged HTML, JavaScript and CSS files. Technically they run on a browser, but you launch them as native applications. The best part of the W3C Widgets standard is that it is available right now […]

iPhone Webapps 101: make your buttons feel native

If you have read the first tutorial in this series you’ll know that an iPhone web app is just a regular web page. I explained how you could get rid of some of the default behaviours of Safari and how to make the app run full screen. Unfortunately this is just the beginning. Even if […]

iPhone Webapps 101: detecting essential information about your iPhone

In this second instalment of iPhone Webapps 101 I’ll discuss some issues I ran into earlier this week during the development of my own iPhone Webapp. It deals with five separate issues, but all have something in common. Today we are detecting some essential information about your iPhone.

iPhone Webapps 101: Getting Safari out of the way

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on the next release of MediatankController, a simple remote application for a Networked Media Tank media player such as the Popcorn Hour. At first it started out as an application build upon Adobe AIR, but now that I actually own an iPhone, I recreated it as […]