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Today, Adobe announced two new Adobe Flash Platform open source initiatives for developers, media companies and publishers. The new efforts will help content owners extend their online media efforts, as they look to create new business opportunities and monetization strategies for publishing on the Web.   Specifically, the two technologies being released as open source include: •        Open Source Media Framework (OSMF), previously code-named Strobe, which enables developers to quickly and easily build more robust, feature-rich media players based on the Adobe Flash Platform.(http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/osmf/Open+Source+Media+Framework) •        Text Layout Framework (TLF), which will help developers bring sophisticated typography capabilities to Web applications.(http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/tlf/Text+Layout+Framework)   The press release about t... (more)

Pushing Data Out to the Flash Client with XMLSockets

If you've upgraded to Flash MX 2004 Professional or you purchased the FireFly Data Connection Kit for Flash MX, then you've probably read a lot about how easy it is to have Flash pull data into a Flash Movie. The only problem is that this is not how applications work in the real world. In the real world there has to be a constant conversation between the client and the server application. I am going to use e-mail as an example. If you have a traditional POP3 e-mail client (one you get through your ISP or Web hosting company) you have to actively connect to it and check if you have ... (more)

What Do You Want To See in Silverlight 4?

It used to be so easy to slam Microsoft. There are the 800lb gorilla with all the money that have done some shady business deals - but that is very much in the past. Today Microsoft keeps doing things that make it hard not to like them. They are going Open Source and being transparent and even making mistakes (Vista, anyone?) and the 800lb almost appears humble. Or maybe I need to stop drinking the cool aid. With that said, there is a very cool tool that MSFT is using to determine what will be in the next version of Silverlight. Called the "Silverlight Feature Suggestion" site, y... (more)

Using the New, Simpler DOCTYPE in HTML 5

HTML 5 is making some things easier to use. The first is the DOCTYPE. Located at the top of a Web page before the opening BODY tag, the DOCTYPE describes the syntax for the page. The roots for the DOCTYPE lie in SGML. Bearing this in mind, all DOCTYPES for HTML 4 and XHTML require a DTD (Document Type Definition) to describe the content. This is all gone in HTML 5. Now, all you have to do to declare that you are using HTML 5 as your DOCTYPE is add the following to the root of your Web page: That's it. Easy, huh? ... (more)

Native 3D Support in WebKit Arrives

The latest code for WebKit, the Browser engine that powers Safari, Chrome, Android and WebOS for the Pre, now supports the new WebGL 3D rendering. The standard is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and is managed by the Krohnos Group who manage OpenGL the 3D engine used by all groups not using DirectX. You can expect Google, Apple and Mozilla to include WebGL into their browsers over the next year. This could be the first serious move to support 3D since VRML in the late '90s. WebGL will be an extension of the feature set in the CANVAS tag. Now is a good time to get to know CANVAS. Here is... (more)