By the way, Firefox is my system default browser. The team has put in a ton of work to make it fast and stable.
A table comparing the range of playback rates that you can set on HTML
|OS||Browser||Minimum||Maximum||Source Code Link|
|macOS v10.14.4||Chrome v74||0.0625||16.0||Chromium source code|
|macOS v10.14.4||Firefox v66||0.0625||16.0||Firefox source code|
|macOS v10.14.4||Safari v12.1||0.0625||2.0||I looked, but could not find where it’s defined in the WebKit source code. Maybe it’s in the closed Safari code?|
Modern hardware can play video smoothly at even very high rates. I guess Apple doesn’t think there are use cases for playing back video beyond double speed. Furthermore, their own documentation about the ability to specify playbackRate on iOS is inaccurate. As with desktop Safari, you can set it to the same maximum of 2.0, at least as of iOS 12.
Here's the UI as seen in Safari Technical Preview 41, released October 4, 2017.
Revised Responsive Design Mode
- Add a bandwidth throttling menu:
- Default Network
- High-Speed Cellular
- Low-Speed Cellular
- Improve the contrast of the selected viewport setting in a style consistent with the Web Inspector
- Show a rotate icon when hovering on a device icon
- Align label baselines
- Add a screen mode menu for iPads that would allow selection from:
- Full Screen
- Split View
This provides an explicit UI for using the iPad multi-tasking modes and would allow users to switch between portrait and landscape orientations of different iPad models while staying in a multi-tasking view. In STP 41, you can skip cycling through the iPad multi-tasking modes by Option-clicking the iPad icon.
As James Risen and Nick Wingfield reported yesterday in the New York Times, the interests of tech companies and the NSA have been converging over the past decade in two ways. The first way is fairly prosaic: Lots of Silicon Valley companies are in the business of selling stuff to the NSA: storage hardware, sophisticated communications equipment, data analytics software, and more. But while this may have increased recently, it’s not fundamentally new. It’s just the latest high-tech twist on the good old military-industrial complex.
Before you visit that or any other site, you might want to install Ghostery to block all the tracking beacons.
If you are responsible for text marked up in HTML, please learn about character entities. Of late, I’ve noticed prominent companies sloppily using two hyphens where they should be using an em dash, which is
—. This is particularly irritating when the text comes from a company that purports to know about design.
An Atlantic post discussing future mobile technology. The Atlantic is not a design publication, but surely they have people on staff who care about typography:
If you really want to get fancy, the double hyphens can be replaced with an em dash with thin spaces (
) on either side. The difference between a standard space and thin space is subtle, but it is noticeable in Safari, Firefox, and Opera.
Like many things in typography, there is variation in the use of dashes, but no respectable typographer thinks two hyphens are the way to go. I should figure out how to insert thin spaces around em dashes in my existing posts…
Another common web typography problem is quotation marks. Setting up a regex to enclose quotes properly using
” might be trickier, but it should also be done.
Apple gets these details right. See the press releases for the latest announcements.
I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I happened to have the right combination of background.
Berners-Lee is a rare example of altruism and principle among the legends of computing.
I use the Password Assistant in Keychain Access (/Applications/Utilities) to generate passwords for new accounts. The Assistant is pretty handy, but currently not integrated with any browsers, meaning I have to open Keychain Access, create a new Password Item (File > New Password Item), then click on the key to open the Assistant. I might then have to bounce back and forth between my browser and Keychain Access to find a password that complies with the (frequently unexpressed) password rules of the site.
The Assistant would only appear when two password input fields are detected. What to do when a site doesn’t require confirmation? Maybe check the Keychain for existing accounts at the domain and show the key icon only if none is found?
I didn’t see anything on the Snow Leopard Enhancements and Refinements page about Detectors being added anywhere but TextEdit.
The inline searching seen in the 10.5 Help menu could be used in other menus.
Providing searching in the Bookmarks menu in browsers and the menu immediately right of the Application (File/Document/Thingamajig) would also make sense. The default search scope would be filetypes the application can open or import.
This type of inline searching would provide the sort of application-specific search focus that I mocked up earlier, but it doesn’t provide an easy way to move a query between applications.
Yes, jazz bagpipes. That cat could burn!