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Re: "Video, Audio, and Media in HTML 5" (and outline/sketch of other author/developer ideas)

From: Ben Millard <cerbera@projectcerbera.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 22:06:59 -0000
Message-ID: <C100608D868D4B86BDA37AB2CBF7F37C@ben9xr3up2lv7v>
To: "Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: <public-html@w3.org>

Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> Dan Connolly wrote:
>> We have Ian's spec and Lachlan's guide and Mike's markup spec,
>> but those all take an exhaustive-enumeration approach. I started
>> outlining a successive elaboration guide to HTML 5, but I'm not
>> sure "here's how you make a <p> TAG" is going to get much attention
>> at this point, so I'm inclined to focus on something closer to
>> the leading edge, i.e. video/audio/media.
> Do you intend to make this follow a cookbook approach, which primarily
> focuses on how to create specific kinds of content based on use cases?
> e.g. Like the following use cases:
> * How to publish a video or audio in a web page and create
>   custom user interface for it.
> * How to use canvas to draw a chart or create an interactive game.
> * How to mark up photos with captions.
> * etc.

This "cookbook" approach was discussed during the meeting at W3C TPAC in 
Boston 2007. I thought this is what Lachlan's work was going to be. I was 
dissapointed to see it take a different, less approachable form. Dan, I 
think we had a hallway chat about this at some point during the W3C TPAC 
2008 in France?

In my experience, authors think in terms of content-to-markup rather than 
markup-to-content. The cookbook approach is a perfect fit for this. 
Tutorials in that style are the ones I usually see authors sharing links to 
on forums and within their companies.

I'm happy to see Dan has started by reading existing popular guides and 
tutorials about using HTML. A rummage through my HTML collections might give 
further insights into the diversities and similarities of how authors 
currently approach HTML. :)

At the moment I'm still looking for funding to resume my participation in 
HTMLWG. But if I sort that out, I'd like to help with the authoring guides. 
As well as continuing to study HTML and suggest refinements to HTML5.

Ben Millard
Received on Friday, 23 January 2009 22:08:04 UTC

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