Posts Tagged ‘Links’

Managed .NET Speech API links

(this is my answer at

I’m looking into adding speech recognition to my fork of Hotspotizer Kinect-based app (

After some search I see you can’t markup the actionable UI elements with related speech commands in order to simulate user actions on them as one would expect if Speech input was integrated in WPF. I’m thinking of making a XAML markup extension to do that, unless someone can point to pre-existing work on this that I could reuse…

The following links should be useful: (make use of Kinect mic array audio input)


HowTo: Make Project Linker extension’s VSIX install at Visual Studio 2012

Project Linker is a Visual Studio Extension that “helps to automatically create and maintain links from a source project to a target project to share code that is common to Silverlight and WPF”.

In ClipFlair, where I have shared code between a Silverlight and a WPF project (I guess same would be for XNA projects for Xbox360 and for PC), a practice I use is to put shared files in a “Source” project and add them to both projects as links (using “Open as link” action available from Add file dialog if you press the dropdown arrow next to the “Open” button).

An alternative is to put such files in say the WPF project and use the Project Linker tool from Microsoft Patterns & Practices group to link to those files from the Silverlight project easily.

However, that tool seems to be only available for Visual Studio 2010, not for the newer 2012 version. Luckily, some users have posted a workarround at the discussion there (Reviews and Q&A tabs):

  1. Download the .vsix
  2. Extract contents with 7-Zip (since .vsix is a .zip file which you can see by renaming to .zip or
  3. Modify file with extension .vsixmanifest to add <visualstudio version="11.0"> to the <supportedproducts> node
  4. Change MaxVersion to <supportedframeworkruntimeedition minversion="3.5" maxversion="4.5" /> (this may not be necessary)
  5. Zip up contents again
  6. Rename extension back to .vsix
  7. Install extension

According to comments there, this works but not for all project types. It works if one links the Silverlight project to the WPF one, but not the other way around. It throws a NullReferenceException somewhere in the extension.

Vertical Centering with CSS

According to

CSS level 2 doesn’t have a property for centering things vertically. There will probably be one in CSS level 3. But even in CSS2 you can center blocks vertically, by combining a few properties. The trick is to specify that the outer block is to be formatted as a table cell, because the contents of a table cell can be centered vertically.

That page points to a horizontal and vertical centering example (which seems to be a common need):

To cater for various (mainly older) web browsers and peculiarities in CSS implementations, many vertical centering techniques have been developed. Here are some related links:

Collection of useful links for .NET, Silverlight, WPF etc. development

During the development of ClipFlair (currently at Alpha1-internal version), I’ve been doing lots of research, hunting for information (documentation, related discussion threads, useful download links) needed when writing and refactoring source code etc.

I have tried to organize these links as (Windows) Internet shortcut files into folders. They do need some further restructuring, but they can still be a useful reference. You can download the latest version of those developer links at (will add new separate releases with enhanced/refined developer links in the future):

Also, you can find blog posts related to issues I’ve come across up to now while developing ClipFlair at (will be updating that page):

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