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  • Blog Post: Virtual Keyboards

    The input tag has four options for mode: password, singleline, multiline or display. When an input element with singleline, multiline, or password mode receives focus, the player may launch an onscreen keyboard to allow user input or a software player may enable use of the computer keyboard. This is...
  • Blog Post: HD DVD Script Object Model

    Have you ever been working on an HDi project and needed to look up a method name in Annex Z, but you don't have it handy (or access at all)? Well, luckily the Interactivity Jumpstart Kit ships with the HD DVD Script Object Model as a Visio file and a PNG. You'll find this very useful file in C:\Program...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Content

    Today's sample was created upon a request from my very nice and hard working office-mate Chris. Last week Chris began learning HDi. He whizzed through all the Jumpstart samples and the projects on my blog, and jumped into creating a project that would dynamically generate content on the fly. After messing...
  • Blog Post: HD DVD FAQs

    General Why is Microsoft involved in HD DVD? Microsoft supports HD DVD because the mandatory player features such as persistent storage, picture-in-picture, and network connectivity lead to greater interactivity and a better, more consistent user experience. Read more in the white paper available...
  • Blog Post: Launching the Simulator from Visual Studio

    When you're building your HDi applications, you can use the BUILD_PROJECT.BAT file you downloaded from my last post to create your aca file and launch your project in the simulator in one simple step. But, now, let's cut that double clicking down to one single button press in Visual Studio. First...
  • Blog Post: Have you noticed I like Batch Files?

    I am a big fan of automating where I can. I am not a big fan of remembering command line arguments. I prefer to double-click whenever possible. In my last post, I went over how I generated an aca using a batch file. Using the aca means that I can add resources to my project whenever I want without...
  • Blog Post: ACAs are Your Friend

    As you have noticed, every resource that you use - script, markup, images, audio, etc - must be listed as a resource in both the playlist and the manifest. As you can imagine, this quickly becomes painful as your applications grow in size. This is where ACA files come in very handy. ACAs are simply...
  • Blog Post: Installing HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart on Vista

    You were so excited about the Vista launch that you preordered your copy of the new operating system and are now basking in the beauty of improved interactivity and security, only to find that when you try to install the jumpstart package you get the "Microsoft Interactivity HD DVD Jumpstart requires...
  • Blog Post: HD DVD Resources

    Development Resources Introduction to HD DVD Authoring Interactivity Jumpstart Kit HDi Sample Code Getting Started with HD DVD (includes link to Jumpstart Kit and samples) How Do I Get Started with HDi? (from Peter Torr) Planning and Producing HD DVDs (PDF) User Forums ...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with HD DVD

    So, you've been tasked with creating a menu for an HD DVD and don't know where to start. Lets start out by getting the (free!) Microsoft HD DVD simulator and some sample code installed on your machine. Hardware Requirements First, let's make sure you have the right computer. You will need to be...
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