Microsoft is working on Chromium captions and inking improvements

Microsoft Edge browser

The Chromium-based Edge is evolving and Microsoft is also
contributing to the open-source Chromium platform. According to
recent developments noticed by us, Microsoft is working on
native captions support for Chromium and improved inking
support for web apps.

Microsoft says it’s adding ‘Native Styling Support’ for WebVTT
captions on Windows 10 so that webpages in Chromium support
Windows’ caption Settings. According to Google, WebVTT
stands for Web Video Text Tracks format, and it has been
implemented in the browser to allow sites to supply
closed-caption or subtitle metadata for videos.

Microsoft is working on a new change that overrides site
styling for captions with any user preferences. In other words,
users will be able to style WebVTT captions. For example,
Windows 10 Settings app will let you customize caption
transparency, style, size effects, background colour and other
options.

“For web video content that uses the WebVTT standard to include
a caption payload for HTML5 content, this change will apply the
caption styling preferences the user explicitly sets in the OS
Settings app on Windows 10 or macOS,” Microsoft stated.

Inking improvements

According to a new proposal, Microsoft is working on another
interesting change to enable Web Ink Enhancement.

The current inking experience might fail to deliver expected
latency every time, but Microsoft believes inking could be
aided by the OS to improve the experience:

“Operating system compositors typically introduce a frame of
latency in order to compose all of the windows together. During
this frame of latency, input may be delivered to an
application, but that input has no chance of being displayed to
the user until the next frame that the system composes, due to
this pipelining,” the company stated.

The change would allow web apps to achieve latency parity with
native apps on supported systems like Windows 10 and Chrome OS.

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