, 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
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
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.
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
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]
It is done.
Windows Internet Explorer 7 has been released.
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?
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)
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).
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.
Fight the browser with .movTV
Have you tried it? Do you like it? Should we get Mikey?
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?
My God, how I've loathed them over the years for their heart-stopping mix of hubris, brilliance, clueless, utter lack of any discipline whatsoever and oh, the sheer arrogance
, but after all these years, it's with a distinct sense of ennui that I read that Netscape is throwing in the towel.
To those who are interested in such things, IE 5.5
is out, with all kinds of new and not that important features
, including those great colored scroll bars.
The Web Standards Project
blasts Microsoft's "arrogant" break with standards in IE 5.5/Windows Edition. Please read the press release
and, if you agree, post it to your favorite mailing lists and news groups. This must not stand.