Archive for December, 2011

2011: The Year in Review


While Topic Simple only officially launched in November of 2011, the process leading up to the launch definitely took the better part of the year.  With this in mind we look back at the year that was:

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New Topic Simple Video: What is HTML5?

HTML is the base coding language that all websites are built with.  It has gone through many updates in its twenty-plus year history, but the latest – HTML5 – promises to be the biggest and best yet.  In development for quite some time, it is still not 100% finalized, but the newest versions of most of the browsers utilize at least some aspects of it.

But what exactly is HTML5 and what makes it so special? We sought to answer this question with our latest animated explainer video.  There are already several videos out there on HTML5, but many of them aren’t able to explain its essence in a short, concise, and entertaining way…  until now!  HTML5 is complex, so the video won’t answer all your questions, but it serves to introduce the subject nicely… enjoy!


What is HTML 5?

HTML is lagging behind Changes on the web

Calculator Watches!

HTML5 will bring consistency

Online Video Quotes and Stats

Video is becoming more popular and important on the web on a day-to-day basis, and we’re glad we’re not the only ones to have noticed this.  Crawling the internet here are some of our favorite quotes on the use of video on the web:

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Adding Captions to Your YouTube Videos

We recently added captions and subtitles to our videos on YouTube. These are essentially the written words of what is being spoken or narrated during the video. They show up on the bottom portion of the video and look like this:

Screen shot of a YouTube Topic Simple video with captions

There are three great reasons to add captions to your YouTube videos:

  1. Captions will make your videos accessible to those that are hard of hearing.
  2. Captions can now be translated easily by YouTube into other languages.
  3. Captions can improve your Search Engine Optimization, providing you add the transcription to your videos description section (more on that later).

Essentially, captions will expand your YouTube video’s potential audience, and we don’t need to explain why that’s a great idea!

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