Google is forking WebKit.
WebKit was a fork of KHTML and now Google is creating a new fork called Blink
. Opera will contribute to it and use it
too. Vendor specific prefixes
will no longer be supported.
The Google I/O Conference
, currently streaming live, has highlighted a diverse series of technological achievements: the full launch of Google Music (currently limited to US residents) Yeoman
, a client-side web development stack, Chrome (profiled in a charming video
) now running on iPhone and iPad
, and a demo of Google Glass while skydiving
. The conference has also updated this excellent interactive visual deep dive of the history of the web and browser technologies
, the web browser engine used by Safari and Chrome, turning into IE6
? Concern is growing that reliance on proprietry CSS features
marked by vendor prefixes
could be breaking the web
What the Heck is Shadow DOM?
Browser developers realized that coding the appearance and behavior of HTML elements completely by hand is a) hard and b) silly. So they sort of cheated. They created a boundary between what you, the Web developer can reach and what’s considered implementation details, thus inaccessible to you. The browser however, can traipse across this boundary at will.
We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
- Google's Chrome is will be joining Firefox in no longer licensing the MPEG-LA H.264 video codec
favoured by Apple and Microsoft for use in the HTML5 <video> tag (previously
). Not everyone is seeing this as a good thing
Top 10s of 2010
. Each Saturday, we pore through our favorite tips and tricks to find 10 great hacks surrounding any subject, from food and thumb drives to browsers and Wi-Fi. Here are our most popular Top 10s of 2010.
Long Live the Web
— An impassioned plea to actively support openness on the Web from Tim Berners-Lee
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Microsoft’s IE turns 15.
Starting as a licensed version of Mosaic
, it is now up to version 8 and a platform preview of version 9 was recently released
. Don't expect everyone to migrate over to 9 in a hurry though: It's for Vista and Windows 7 only. Meanwhile, despite everyone's best efforts
, IE6 grimly hangs on to life.
- requires a browser which supports the CANAVS tag.
Internet Explorer 9 will support the CANVAS tag
, making support for the tag ubiquitous across major browsers.
The <video tag>
, as defined by the HTML5 spec, is an element "used for playing videos or movies". Which codec
those videos or movies are in is currently undefined, with the two contenders being the free open source Ogg Theora
and the proprietary H.264
. With the unveiling of Internet Explorer 9
both Microsoft and Apple are supporting H.264 in their browsers, and comparisons
of the standards seem to bear out H.264 as the better of the two. However Mozilla have taken a stance against incorporating H264 into Firefox on the grounds that it is patented and has to be licensed
. Arguments are now being made for
Mozilla sticking to its ideals. John Gruber
of Daring Fireball points out that Firefox already supports proprietary formats such as GIF. Um, perhaps not the best example
, the creator of the JSLint
data-interchange format, talks about what he says is simultaneously the worlds most popular
(sadly video linked by the FPP is down, try here
). Previous Maniac Mansion
. More video from MIX Online
. A similar, more in depth talk at Google
Remember when your computer just worked? Did you click 'OK' to that recommended update on programs like iTunes, Adobe Reader, or Yahoo Messenger, only to realize that the older version ran faster or had better features? Then Version Download
may be your solution. Includes back-level versions of browsers, audio and video, security and anti-virus, FTP, file-sharing and communications software.
What is a browser
? Nobody seems to be sure. [more inside]
Take Your Design To The Next Level With CSS3.
Why can’t we make use of the rich CSS3 features and tools
available in modern web browsers and take the quality of web designs to the next level? It’s time to introduce CSS3 features into projects and not be afraid to gradually incorporate CSS3 properties and selectors
in style sheets.
The State of the Web 2008
is a report from Web Directions
that includes details and analysis of all the responses to over 50 questions covering technologies, techniques, philosophies and practices that today’s web professionals employ. The survey was open for just under 3 weeks, from December 1st to 20th 2008. In total, over 1200 designers and developers from around the world responded to the survey. Respondents were likely to be self-educating, “early adopters” who keep abreast of developments in their field. Here are the tabular results
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A major new release: Firefox 3 is now out in your language.
(RC3 is said to be identical to the Final 184.108.40.206 version). Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Firefox 3
. Firefox 3 Versus IE 8 Beta
An opposing view: Hold Off on Firefox 3
(the chicken!). Alternative view? Flock catches up with Firefox 3
. PS: (As you might expect from something expected to set a World Record
for number of downloads today, he Mozilla sites are currently getting crushed
, apparently ).
Vanity Fair has a typically excellent article out -- "How the Web Was Won,"
an oral history of the Web. Even if you're familiar with ARPANet, Metcalfe's Law, Pearl Harbor Day, the VC rush, whatever -- the story told by the often-animated people at the center of the whirlwind is an enlightening and entertaining experience. And for those of you don't know the history of the Internet, learn it! This is part of your heritage now. [more inside]
Death to IE?
If Firefox wasn't enough to ween you off Internet Explorer on Windows, perhaps Safari for Windows will be.
It is done.
Windows Internet Explorer 7 has been released.
Free Opera serial numbers.
Want to try a new browser? For their 10th birthday, Opera
is giving away free serial numbers for their web browser to anyone who registers. The codes are available today (August 30, 2005) only and remove the annoying ad bar. Opera is available for all major (and many minor) operating systems. You can learn more about the browser's features
(like a built in BitTorrent client
) or just go straight to the download page
so you have somewhere to put that new registration code.
50 Million Firefox Downloads. At 8:58 AM PST this morning, we rolled over the 50,000,000 downloads line.
is a Firefox extension that allows users to create scripts that alter the display of existing web pages. Like removing ads from google pages
. I learned about the google script from boingboing. Oh, here's a script
to remove the ads from there. Greasemonkey has a lot of uses
, but has adblocking gone too far?
Internet Explorer 7 announced
We've heard about it for a while
and it's been discussed here before.
Will the new version of I.E. be able to hold its own against open source browsers like Firefox?
Forget Verdana, here’s sIFR
: anti-aliased text in your browser in any font you like.
The next big thing? Just a kludge? Heard about it already?
Microsoft's IE team is calling for input
into the future of their browser. Over lunch with Robert Scoble
they communicated that they're working hard on security patches. So where do you come in?
"The team is looking to work with community members to improve Internet Explorer. That means blogs. That means taking harsh feedback. That means having a dialog about the future that's frank and as open as possible."
With an opportunity like this we should forgo mere whining and name calling, and participate.
A new MS Internet Explorer vulnerability is discovered.
Most digerati already know about the spammer and lamer trick to publish URLs that look like legitimate hostnames to fool people in to trusting a malicious site. This trick is frequently used by spammers to steal people's PayPal accounts, by tricking them in to "resetting" their password at a site owned by the spammer but disguised as PayPal.com.
Today's new IE vulnerability is significantly worse. By including an 0x01 character after the @ symbol in the fake URL, IE can be tricked in to not displaying the rest of the URL at all. Don't expect a patch right way, the guy who found the hole released it to BugTraq on the same day
he notified Microsoft. (via Simon Willison)
Don't do browser sniffing
To properly view our site, you must be using a standards-compliant web browser. Your current browser is:
Over 97% of our audience now uses a standards-compliant web browser, however you appear not to be using one. We want to help you fix this situation and improve your experience on reuters.co.uk and the rest of the internet.
I'm using Mozilla 1.5 but my user agent string is set to report Netscape 4.75 running on Windows 95.
Developers gripe about IE standards inaction
"Seeking to goad Microsoft into action, digital document giant Adobe Systems last week unveiled a deal to bolster support for CSS in its GoLive Web authoring tool with technology from tiny Web browser maker Opera Software..." ( via Stopdesign )
Ugh - and Ooqa Ooqa
The company that brought us "shoshkeles" (flash ads plastered over your webstite of choice), United Virtualities
- has now launched a newer, more annoying ad banner/tool/, ooqa-ooqa
, which basically takes over your browser, removes your toolbar, and inserts ads. (They call it a "Branded Browser", and say it's fully "opt-in", which it wasn't for me)
I saw it in action here, at Forbes.com
(to be a victim, I believe you need IE5+ on a PC, maybe not). Wasn't the idea of taking over the end-users browser squashed, chalked up as never
a welcome or good idea years ago, when the ability to do it first arose?
displays a preview of the fonts active on your system. Could be useful for a quick check on what's what.
This content-free Salon article is pointed to by News.com and chances are it will be picked up by tech weblogs within a couple of hours. Notice the presence of popular (in blogland) underdog in the title (Mozilla). The many blog references in the article body, including a gratuitious reference to the arch-tech-weblog
that presumes knowledge of said blog's moderation system. The meta implications of web media composing content so that it may be picked up by weblogs are interesting --and yes, the irony of a MeFi FPP is painfully obvious. What next?
Netscape market share at an all time low?
Not according to Heise Online, a major news site here in Germany. In their very substantial weblogs, Microsoft went from 66,9% down to 65% from March to August of this year, while Netscape/Mozilla rose from 21,3 % to 22,6 and Opera from 7,8% to 8,4%.
(Warning: Link in German, but you will understand the tables at the end of the article easily).
Are these the hardest domains in the world to register,
despite the changes that took effect 1 July 2002? Businesses can now own more than one domain name and the new .id.au domain space provides somewhere for individuals to live, but there are still many restrictions, not the least of which is the 21,322 word exclusion list
Given the recent instances of domain hijinks discussed here, it is not surprising to see that it has already started
in the .au world.
Are these restrictions good or bad news for the .au domain space?
Netscape 7.0 PR1 is out
and includes goodies like tabbed browsing, ICQ and AIM in sidebar panels and P3P cookie management. Seems to be based on a mid-May Mozilla
Highlight Word Bookmarklet
allows you to highlight any word in your browser window and get a dictionary definition. Neat. (via Zeldman)
Chimera 0.2.0 for Mac OS X
is now available for download. If you prefer using Mozilla
to IE5.x/Mac but dislike the lack of an Aqua GUI, then this is the browser for you. Chimera now supports Quartz rendering and is based on the Gecko engine which means it has great standards compliance. There are still many features missing, but this browser is showing great potential.
AOL's Netscape sues Microsoft
for damage done to its Netscape Internet browser by violations of antitrust law found in a separate government case against the software giant. "I don't see this case as primarily about money. I see it as primarily about injunctive relief,'' said Steve Salop, a Georgetown University law professor.
coming soon. Why do they insist on keeping that build alive? Netscape 6.x is finally at a point when it's almost as good as IE 6.0/IE 5 Mac, if not better, so another 4.x release is just very odd. [Netscape 4.79 FTP
MSN.com shuts out non-Microsoft browsers.
If you're using Mozilla
, you'll have to get a hex editor and change your User-Agent string and pretend you're using IE. Is this lawsuit material?
Fight the browser with .movTV
Have you tried it? Do you like it? Should we get Mikey?
Third Voice may be gone but that ability will rise again,
time it's going to be open source. How soon before I can subscribe to the Winerlog
RDF stream annotating Scripting News
is a bookmark manager that allows you to access your favorites list from multiple machines. However, their server does not seem to be responding.
Since I was out of town (and away from my machine) for all of last week, can anyone tell me what the deal is?