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12 February 2009

Diving in transcription

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So, my exploration in world of Web video started in the land of transcription.

As I mentioned previously, one of the requirements for us on the W3C Staff to be allowed to publishing media content is to make sure it meets some minimal level of accessibility, and in the current (draft) state of affairs, this means providing a transcription of its content. (Oct 8 2009: that policy is now publicly available)

My first reaction to that policy was slightly annoyed: I was afraid this would create too high a barrier on us from publishing multimedia content, which in this age and days seems to be a fairly important expression mechanism.

11 January 2006

Using a Treo 650 PDA with Debian on a Dell

My Treo 650 showing this very web page

I just got a brand new PDA-phone last Monday, a Tréo 650 running PalmOS.

I have been reluctant to cell phones for a long while, finding them rather invasive: when you own a cell phone, people expect to be able to reach you on it pretty much all the time and everywhere. At some point, the trade off between this cost and the advantage of being able to call some people all the time and everywhere tipped the balance, and I finally decided to get a cell phone for my personal usage.

15 September 2005

Integrating a new URIs scheme handler to Gnome and Firefox

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As DanC mentioned, we’ve been playing with configuring Firefox in Gnome to use tel: URIs with our Vonage service; in short, this means you can click on a link à la tel:+1.555.123.4567 and get your Vonage phone calls the said the number. In practice, your phone starts ringing, and once you pick it up, it dials the said number.

Most of the actual work is done by Click 2 Call which offers a Web interface to your Vonage line. But getting integrated nicely in your browsing/desktop experience is fun.

So, how do you get a new URI scheme to be handled by Firefox or Gnome?

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux ( is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.