Thursday, February 7, 2008

Breaking Radio Silence

Sorry for the lack of updates. As might be expected, life got a lot busier after our son's birth. You may have heard that at his two week appointment with the pediatrician he was believed to be experiencing tachycardia, but when he had an electrocardiogram on Monday his heart rate seemed normal. We're still waiting for the official word from Primary Children's Hospital regarding the results, but it looks hopeful.

The other reason for the recent neglect of my blog is the fact that I have been spending a lot of time the last couple of weeks working late and muttering curses at web browsers under my breath. Turns out it's quite difficult to make an audio player widget that 1) works in Internet Explorer 6 and 7, Firefox and Safari; 2) detects Windows Media Player or QuickTime and uses either; and 3) can be dynamically added or removed from a page.

The infuriating thing is that this shouldn't be my job at all; the browser ought to be smart enough that I can just hand it some audio content and it will just figure out how to play it. The W3C and WHATWG finally got their heads together on the HTML5 standard which supposedly makes embedding media easy, but I'll probably be dead before support is widespread enough that I can actually use it.