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Comment: Provided such an app exists (Score 1) 158

by tepples (#48920617) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

when the user clicks the url, the browser opens the appropriate application for the urltype.

Which means "the appropriate application for the urltype" needs to exist for the user's platform. Not everyone wants to have to make 14 different apps for 14 different platforms, not to mention that several platforms require a long and involved developer pre-approval process. For example, the Flash Lite player in Internet Channel was the only publicly available game development environment for Wii before that console was cracked.

Comment: Authoring SVG and canvas animations (Score 1) 158

by tepples (#48920193) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

Animated SVG for the simpler stuff, HTML5 canvas with JavaScript for more complicated animations.

So what tools would you recommend for building these without, say, having to type all the (x, y) coordinates into a script file? I haven't seen any animation stuff in Inkscape, unless there was some recent huge update of which I'm not aware.

Comment: Flash runs on PCs that can't run WebGL (Score 2) 158

by tepples (#48920171) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

I go to using Firefox 35.0.1 on a laptop with an Intel IGP and all I get is "Hmm. While your browser seems to support WebGL, it is disabled or unavailable. If possible, please ensure that you are running the latest drivers for your video card." Badgers, on the other hand, still plays perfectly.

Comment: Which better platform for vector animation? (Score 1) 158

by tepples (#48920155) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

Still, there's no reason you can't do stuff like that on better, more secure platforms.

In theory, I agree. But in practice, which "better, more secure platforms" for authoring and presenting vector animation on the web would you recommend? And how should we convince contributors to the aforementioned sites to remake their works using the new tech?

Comment: Also too lazy to add a print option (Score 1) 114

by tepples (#48910397) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

The vast majority of users of any given site have connectivity while they're using the site.

Because most users think they need to be online just to read web documents, certain cellular companies in the US are raking in beaucoup bucks. Time is money, but I'd rather spend four hours of my time once and then not have to spend it again the rest of the year rather than waste $400 a year on a data plan.

I guess I'm asking if you've ever tried the print view

I never tried looking for it. I just tried five minutes ago, but it turns out that a randomly chosen article from doesn't appear to contain the word "print" at all. I guess what my homemade reader does is prepare (and cache) a printable version of new articles. I'm also aware of other sites such as Ars Technica that charge per year for access to printable versions.

And if they're doing lazy loading and don't have a print view, well, then they're just asshole developers; in which case, you should probably let them know that

I expressed my dissatisfaction with the site's lazy loading practice on the site's forum. But despite my best attempt at being thorough and polite, I got modded down.

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