CSS in emails, HTML vs XHTML, and more

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I’m back from my holiday, with a quick look at some of the links I would have discussed in more detail had I been here…

Researchers explore scrapping Internet — While I’m not against the idea of building a faster and more secure network, I am a little worried by the idea of a closed system based on proprietary software and run by companies with vested interests.

A Guide to CSS Support in Email: 2007 Edition — Thanks to Microsoft, CSS support in emails is actually moving backwards. The new Outlook uses Word as its rendering engine, and the new Live Mail drops support for many selectors.

Setting Type on the Web to a Baseline Grid — I think web typography is this years big topic, and deservedly so. Graphics and design have progressed enormously, it would be nice to have type to support them.

HTML5, XHTML2, and the Future of the Web and Beware of XHTML — I think XHTML2 is a long, long way from being adopted as a standard by anybody, and while XHTML1 is parsed as HTML there’s no advantage in using it. Coding HTML4 strict is just as good, and that’s what I’ve taken to doing on many sites I build now.

Microsoft Unveils Silverlight to Power the Next Generation of Media Experiences on the Web — This is their attempt at taking some of Adobe’s Flash audience. I haven’t seen the software for creating Silverlight anims yet, but I actually prefer the implementation of this than I do that of Flash; Silverlight uses XML and Javascript to run its commands, so you can make live edits without constant recompiling. However, supporting only 3 OSs (Vista, XP and OS X 10.4.8) and a handful of browsers (IE6, IE7, FF1.5.*, FF2.0.* and Safari 2.04) doesn’t really qualify it as cross‐platform and cross‐browser. Miguel de Icaza gives a more detailed analysis of Silverlight, Flash, and an open‐source alternative.

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