December 2007 Archives — Broken Links Archive

Opera vs Microsoft

Well, Opera’s antitrust complaint against Microsoft certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons.

Developers came out on both sides of the issue; Andy Clarke called for the CSS Working Group to be disbanded, which had Daniel Glazman up in arms. David Baron wasn’t a fan of the idea either.

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You can start using HTML 5 right now!

There’s an interesting post on warpspire.com at the moment, decrying the speed of implementation for HTML 5 and CSS 3 and suggesting Flash/AIR as a better alternative. I completely disagree with it, but it’s interesting nonetheless. HTML 5 in particular comes in for heavy criticism as it’s perceived that its adoption will take too long.

But, as the title of this post makes clear: you can start using HTML 5 right now!

Well, you can’t really — but with Opera and Safari, you can at least pretend to while you get used to the syntax.

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Worst. Announcement. Ever.

After complaints from the web community about lack of transparency in the development of the next Internet Explorer, and a little browbeating from Molly Holzschlag, Bill Gates says there is no “deep secret” about what they’re doing with IE, and the IE team have responded by releasing the detail we’ve all been waiting for: the browser after IE7 will be IE8.

Thanks.


HTML 5 and reserved class names

I’ve been doing a bit of thinking recently.

I’ve been thinking about HTML 5 and the new semantic sectioning elements it proposes to introduce: header, footer, section, article, nav and aside.

I’ve also been thinking about the way microformats use data format standards and reserved class and id values to organise content.

Then thinking about this 2005 research into reused class names, which shows that, probably mostly unconsciously, website makers were already using the proposed HTML 5 elements as class names to organise their data.

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Aside

I’ve updated my Speaking page to include more conferences, more videos, and a little on my speaking requirements and preferences. I’m planning to cut down on the number of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to interesting offers and opportunities, so please get in touch if you’re organising an event.

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