SO YOU WANT TO ADD HTML 5 VIDEO TO YOUR SITE? HERE'S HOW

As reports and discussion of the insecure elements of Adobe Flash continue many have been looking forward to the advantages of HTML 5's <VIDEO> tag, which is intended to be native to a browser itself.

When the <VIDEO> tag was first proposed in the HTML 5 draft specification, one key omission from the spec was which video (and audio) codecs would be natively supported by the browser. As a result, while there are several video codecs that can be used in conjunction with the <VIDEO> tag, browser makers are not obliged to support any one of them: It's entirely their choice which codecs to include support for.

The codecs you choose as your starting defaults should be dictated at least in part by what browsers are run by the majority of your visitors. Mark Pilgrim's Dive Into HTML 5 site has a detailed dissection of the competing and conflicting codecs, and it includes a handy chart that describes what current and next-generation browsers will support.

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FRONT-END OPTIMIZATION FROM THE GET-GO

It seems today that every millisecond counts when it comes to loading web pages a desktop computer or a 4G smartphone. So what are the secrets to those fast loads? Optimization!

Optimizing in this sense means lowering the number of download requests to a page. The largest cause of numerous requests is multiple CSS files, JavaScript files, and images. The easiest method is to concatenate them–that is, roll them into as few files as possible.

CSS is typically much easier to roll into one or two files, as it is usually served from the same location as your website. By moving the contents into a single file, significant waiting times are saved.

Other tips include putting your styles at the top of your code, using the link tag instead of the @import url tag, and many more. View them all when you read more.

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HOW TO AVOID 404S AND REDIRECT OLD URLS IN PHP

404 is the HTTP error number returned when a resource is unable to be located on a web server.

In this SitePoint article by Craig Buckler, you'll create an automated PHP redirection system that converts old URL's to a new address. This code is a simple example, but you should be able to adapt it for any situation.

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QUICK TIPS

UK'S SOCIAL MEDIA APPROVAL POLICY (contact Julia Meador) - http://www.uky.edu/Graphics/SocialMedia.doc
TEMPLATES FOR UK WEBSITES
- user name: cornett, pw: previewyoursite

(HTML)- http://www.cornett-presentation.com/ukstuff/HTML_version/HTML_version.zip
(PHP)- http://www.cornett-presentation.com/ukstuff/PHP_version/PHP_version.zip


SITES REVIEWED

Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center - www.mc.uky.edu/barnstable_brown_diabetes_center/
ProTECT III - www.ukprotectbrain.com
Census2010 - www.uky.edu/Census2010/
Dining Services - www.uky.edu/DiningServices/


CONFERENCES

Dreamweaver Conferences - Sept. 1, Boston: Oct. 7, Minneapolis, Oct. 28, Los Angeles - www.mogo-media.com/static_pages/dreamweaver_landing_page.html
Web Directions USA - Sept. 21-25, Atlanta - http://usa10.webdirections.org/
2010 Educause Annual Conference - Oct. 12-15, Anaheim, CA - http://net.educause.edu/E10
Web Design World - Oct. 18-20, Las Vegas - http://webdesignworld.com/
Adobe MAX 2010 - Oct. 23-27, Los Angeles - http://max.adobe.com/
An Event Apart - Nov. 1-2, San Diego - http://aneventapart.com/2010/sandiego/
edUI - Nov. 8-9, Charlottesville, VA - http://eduiconf.org/
Future of Web Design - Nov. 15-17, New York City - http://futureofwebdesign.com/new-york-2010/
The Rich Experience - Nov. 30-Dec.3, Fort Lauderdale - www.therichwebexperience.com