January 2008 Archives — Broken Links Archive

@media 2008

My very kind and understanding bosses have just agreed to pay for me to attend this year’s @Media event in London, on May 29th‐30th. If any readers are likely to attend, drop me a line and we could meet up to say hello.

New Firefox themes arrive

The latest nightly releases of Firefox 3 (warning: download nightlies at your own risk) for Windows and OS X feature the new themes for each platform for the first time (click to enlarge the thumbnails):

Firefox 3 (Windows) Navigation Bar

Firefox 3 (OS X) Navigation Bar

Both are nicely designed and look as if they will integrate well with their respective desktops, although it must be noted that I don’t believe that either is in its fully completed state yet.

More interesting to me, however, was the news that JPEG decoding has been increased by 30%; I tried it out on Flickr, and the pages loaded extremely quickly; the updated Gecko engine is already fast, and now pages load even faster. Speed tests against Safari (currently the fastest web browser) should be interesting.

A new CSS Reference

When learning CSS I relied heavily on Index Dot Css, a comprehensive guide to CSS support in browsers. It’s still very useful, although sadly not updated since October 2003. After that I turned to W3Schools CSS Reference (when I didn’t have my copy of the CSS Pocket Reference to hand); it’s nicely laid out and fairly comprehensive, although with some curious omissions (no list of selectors?) and no way of telling if it’s ever updated.

Now there’s a new face on the scene; Sitepoint’s CSS Reference is out of Beta, and it looks good; nicely laid out, up‐to‐date browser support lists, and allows feedback from users. I haven’t used it extensively yet, but it looks pretty impressive at first glance.

IE8 opt‐in: no problem after all?

After two days of commotion regarding the Internet Explorer team’s decision to include a standards opt‐in in the next version of their browser, Mozilla’s John Resig has noticed something rather important in an exchange on IE’s Chris Wilson’s blog; namely:

Internet Explorer 8 will support DOCTYPE switching for new DOCTYPEs (like HTML5).

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IE8 opt‐in: reaction from other browser makers

Predictably, yesterday’s announcement from Microsoft about the new standards opt‐in switch has created quite a stir in the web development community. As I noted yesterday, the reaction from the other browser makers would be quite important — and it looks as if they’re not interested.

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IE8 standards mode opt‐in revealed

The Internet Explorer team announced today that we will have to opt in to using the improved standards support in future versions of their browser, by means of a meta declaration in the head of our documents:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" />

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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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