HTML5 WebKit Speech Input

With the addition and extension of input types with HTML5 forms, one newcomer to the scene is the microphone input. This allows you to fill inputs, like a search or name field, through the use of your microphone. It is closely connected with mobile use and is currently only available on Chrome 11+ but not to worry because it shouldn’t be relied upon anyway and should, currently, only be used to enhance your forms.

Feature Detection with Modernizr

Many of you, if you’re reasonably up-to-date with web design at the moment, will have heard of and used Modernizr but for everyone else out there, this article’s for you. Modernizr is an independent JavaScript micro-library to help you develop modern websites but with graceful degradation. It enables you to specify different CSS depending on if a feature is present in the browser or not (as shown in the example below).