Posts Tagged 'browser'

rich media and the standards wars

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Has anyone noticed this section of our course guide?

Sound and video for the web: Issues re video and sound delivery on the web. Overview of compression and techniques for archived media, podcasts and real time streaming.

Of all the course notes, that’s the one that I think has dated most since it was written. So, let’s take a quick dive into why that is, and what it might mean.

Let’s start with the most basic requirement of browser-based media. Can anyone think of a  “Distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking an external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document”?

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A short prehistory of everything


The diagram above is the first map of the internet. Through three universities/research centres in California to a fourth in Utah. It was scrawled in 1969. The social nature of the network (initially thought of as a way to distribute computational jobs remotely) became evident with the unexpected popularity of email. The first test message was sent in 1971 and by 1973 email made up the majority of network traffic. Continue reading ‘A short prehistory of everything’

the citizens of the web and their languages

Mary Maguire being interviewed on Radio 4BH in Brisbane, ca. 1936
This week was quite technically oriented. We’ll be returnng to the technical and aesthetic background of what we do here in later weeks, bur first of all: a quick introduction to the skills (and what is almost the same thing, the vocabulary) that will be neccessary for assessment. Continue reading ‘the citizens of the web and their languages’


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