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Tech, words and musings from an Englishman in Seattle

HTML5 Media Statistics

Recently I've been spending some time getting together a proposal for the HTML5 <video> and <audio> tags that enables web applications to gather statistics about how media playback is performing.

A lot of this was inspired by Mozilla's statistics support and the WebKit support I added at the beginning of the year (which shipped in Chrome 10).

So after a bunch of feedback, today I added a proposal to the WHATWG wiki — hopefully it won't get crushed too hard and we can get this into the HTML5 spec soon.

The key points are the ability to monitor download and decode bitrates as well as the presentation statistics and an interesting little metric called “jitter” that can give the developer feedback on perceived framerate quality.

Anyhow, take a look and give feedback on the list.

Undo

A couple of weeks ago I left Facebook and returned to Google. I enjoyed working with the engineers there on fun and interesting stuff but for a number of reasons, mostly personal, I decided that the best place for me is Google. And here I am!

It's great to be back at Google - it's amazing how much can change when you're away for a even just a couple of months.

So what am I working on? Interestingly, this time I can actually talk about it! On rejoining Google, I had the chance to look around at a number of projects (there's lots of great stuff going on up here in Seattle/Kirkland), and I'm happy to say that I'm now working on Chrome and specifically on the video stack. It's going to be fun working on Open Source stuff as my day job!

So after a four year break, it's back to client-land for me!

Chrome Rocks…

Chrome quite literally rocks. If you're a Windows user, please give it a try.

It's pretty snappy, but something that I find quite amusing is that ten years ago I worked on another cool and snappy browser called Chrome.

Heh.

Anyhow, I've been using it on XP at work and today tried it on Vista for the first time. On Vista, Chrome looks quite minimalist and beautiful.

And no, Robert, I didn't work on this one…

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