Archive for April, 2010

HTML5 vs Flash

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Adobe Flash is the industry standard when it comes to web browser games and especially online videos. Computer users have no problem with this because for most internet browsers, a free Flash player plugin is provided by Adobe. Unfortunately it is not the same case for iDevice owners.

Flash support in iPods, iPhones, and iPads is not built in. Flash is owned by Adobe and putting it in iDevices will cost Apple a hefty a sum of money. In order to view Flash videos, users generally have to purchase a third party application for their iDevice. But this will no longer be the case.

Steve Jobs had long been pushing the HTML5 format for online videos which would no longer require browsers to have Flash to stream videos. YouTube started providing videos in HTML5 format although most of its hosted videos were still in Flash. The biggest step towards the HTML5 transition seems to be of Facebook which now provides all videos in HTML5.

This means that iDevice owners will no longer need any third party application to Facebook videos. To take advantage of this feature, no new updates are required for the iDevice firmware

or for Facebook’s application for iPhone. All users need to do is browse Facebook using their Safari web browser.

Facebook shifting to HTML5 is surely a sign of the web welcoming HTML5, a cleaner, freer alternative to Flash.

Source: http://www.macstories.net/news/facebook-videos-go-html5-ipad-compatible/

10+ Online Tools To Improve Communication With Customers

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

10+ Online Tools To Improve Communication With Customers

April 29th, 2010 | Ecommerce Web Design

To run an ecommerce website successfully, you need to satisfy your customer. The importance of customer satisfaction cannot be overlooked in ecommerce web design. Always watch out customer’s feedback after every transaction and improve your products and services. Given below are some free and paid online tools to help you improve communication with your customers. Check them out and feel free to share your reviews here.

http://www.xyberworks.com/blog/ecommerce-web-design/10-online-tools-to-improve-communication-with-customers/

6 corporate website fails to watch out for.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Unfortunately for the web, many websites are conceived, designed and built internally. Whilst there are exceptions to the rule, often this leads to a number of decisions being made that are at best questionable, and at worst disastrous for the usability and overall success of the site. This post talks about some of my own pet hates, and pitfalls I’ve noticed major corporate sites falling into.

http://blog.webdistortion.com/2010/04/27/6-corporate-website-fails-to-watch-out-for/

Do you use Google apps? It’s time to upgrade your browser.

Friday, April 16th, 2010

If you’re still using Internet Explorer 6, or Netscape, or AOL Browser – it’s time to upgrade and get with the new decade. As the world moves towards a stricter, standards based browser environment – most users have already moved and/or upgraded. Internet Explorer 6 was notoriously inept and drove web designers and developers crazy. With the advent of Windows Vista and Windows 7, so came Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8. These are significantly better browsers and comply with standards set forth by the W3C. Firefox and Safari have been compliant for a number of years.

If you use any Google apps or even Gmail, it’s time to upgrade NOW. There are still legacy networks and companies stuck in 2001 – running Windows 2000 or XP with Internet Explorer 6. This is primarily due to two things: 1) it is expensive to upgrade operating systems for thousands of terminals 2) some of the proprietary software actually runs on Internet Explorer 6 technology. Yikes!

Think about this: between 1991 to 2000 – how many of you bought a computer and learned to use the Internet and Email? Internet Explorer 6 is a decade old, and outdated. So, if you’re still running this browser – you’re missing out on a lot of new types of technology vis-a-vis content. Sites like Youtube.com will no longer support IE 6.

You can read more about Google’s implemented plans here:  http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/01/modern-browsers-for-modern-applications.html

This article has a little more information on the security flaws: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8488751.stm

And for developers such as myself, this is a huge collective sigh of relief:  http://www.cssjockey.com/announcements/stop-using-ie-6-or-google-will-abandon-you

For more of a ‘developers’ look at IE 6, read this post: http://www.rdefine.co.za/Weblog/IE6-The-Internet-s-Bane

IE6 – The Internet’s Bane

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The root of the problem

In the Dictionary the word ‘Bane’ is described: A person or thing that ruins or spoils.

Internet Explorer 6 has come to encompass this very meaning. The 8 year old browser has had a good run since its release on the August 27, 2001, but this has not been without its share of problems, and its share of on going misery.

Most of these problems may not be not known to the populous. This is mostly due to hours and hours of IE6 Optimisation that web designers the world over have had to deal with. These diligent, hard working, members of society have for years been grappling with every technical difficulty that IE6 throws at them, and that unfortunately is a lot.

http://www.rdefine.co.za/Weblog/IE6-The-Internet-s-Bane