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Thursday, April 16th, 2009

10 Cool Things We’ll Be Able To Do Once IE6 Is Dead; And A Few We Can’t

Category: IE

James Edwards has a fun little list that dares to dream about life after IE 6. He gives us a list of 10 things that we can look forward to in that sunny time: Use child selectors No more having to define endless descendent rules to cancel out other descendent rules. With CSS2 child selectors Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am

4.4 rating from 63 votes

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

ierange: Implementing W3C DOM ranges for IE

Category: IE, JavaScript

Tim Cameron Ryan has released a full, feature complete version of W3C DOM Ranges shim that adds support to IE, ierange. It goes further than other versions: Ranges: document.createRange() startContainer, startOffset, endContainer, endOffset, commonAncestorContainer, collapsed setStart(), setEnd(), setStartBefore(), setStartAfter(), setEndBefore(), setEndAfter(), selectNode(), selectNodeContents(), collapse() insertNode(), surroundContents() extractContents(), cloneContents(), deleteContents() compareBoundaryPoints(), cloneRange(), createContextualFragment(), toString() Selection: Range Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:04 am

4.2 rating from 20 votes

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Souders: Don’t Use @import

Category: CSS, IE, Performance

Web performance guru Steve Souders noted some time ago in his book that @import is harmful to web page rendering times, but today he elaborated on this claim in a longish blog post: There are two ways to include a stylesheet in your web page. You can use the LINK tag: <link rel=’stylesheet’ href=’a.css’> Or Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:00 am

4 rating from 136 votes

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The VML changes in IE 8

Category: IE, Microsoft

We mentioned that a new excanvas was released to keep up support with IE 8. Well, Louis-Rémi Babe has detailed his travails finding out what what changed in IE 8 VML land: Although the VML specification hasn’t undergone any improvements or modifications since its publication back in 1998, Microsft development team felt like considerably changing Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:19 am

3.8 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

IE 8 Launches at MIX09, probably without one of your features

Category: Browsers, IE

You may have noticed that day 2 at MIX was IE8 day (compared to the Silverlight 3 day one) in that the puppy launched! This is good news in that IE 8 is better than IE 7, which is better than IE 6. Maybe, with 6 being two versions back, we have more weight to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:29 pm

2 rating from 51 votes

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

SuperPreview: No need to fire up VMs for IE 6, 7, and 8 testing, oh and other browsers

Category: IE, Utility

MIX ’09 has kicked in and “The Gu” just had someone show SuperPreview something that does what we saw with Meer Meer. SuperPreview let’s you do the same onion peel overlays to see differences across browsers, and you can have everything run in the server (same as Meer Meer). This means that you don’t need Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:49 am

3.1 rating from 27 votes

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Going full circle: could falling back to Flash solve IE’s lack of canvas support?

Category: Canvas, Flash, IE

There is an interesting blog post* and demo code on Azarask explaining Flash Canvas as a solution for IE’s lack of support for Canvas: How does FlashCanvas work? FlashCanvas is modeled after ExplorerCanvas which means it is a turn-key solution for adding Canvas support to IE. You can code away, happily using open standards and Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 4:43 pm

4.3 rating from 24 votes

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Fun Anecdote about innerHTML

Category: IE

Just when you started having fun with innerHTML, you discovered that on IE, various table-related elements can’t be modified with it. Ever wonder why? Eric Vasilik is the developer responsible for that “feature” of IE, and he came clean about it several years ago: We never had enough time to implement such a feature. And, Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 8:00 am

3.3 rating from 27 votes

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The Campaign To End IE6

Category: IE

A new resistance in our fight against teh evil has begun in Norway: Yesterday, one of Norway’s biggest commercial sites, started issuing a warning to all IE6 users telling them to upgrade their browsers. Today, a host of big norwegian sites are doing the same. The campaign to end IE6 usage is on! Here’s Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:00 am

4.7 rating from 71 votes

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Push back: Digital TV? or IE 8?

Category: IE

Some people are very excited to see the improvements that the IE team have made with IE 8 (and the hope that it will get some IE 6 users up up and away). However, others are not so happy. With IE 8 getting close to launch after the RC release, is it ready for prime Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:07 am

4.4 rating from 44 votes

Monday, January 26th, 2009

What is coming up with IE8 and 9?

Category: Browsers, IE

Michael Calore of Wired has a writeup of the IE team “Ask The Experts” web chat from this week. Here is the meat: The target for CSS support in IE8 is full and complete support for CSS2.1. The only CSS3 module in IE8 is writing-mode (for vertical text support). IE has supported this since version Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:55 am

2.8 rating from 58 votes

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Access Control in IE 8

Category: IE

Adrian Bateman of the IE 8 team created a screencast showing the Access Control work that has been done: I’m happy to announce that we have recently completed our support for the Access Control Check using the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header defined by the updated spec. This means that, in addition to the wildcard check (looking for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:18 am

3.3 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Next IE 8 Release Candidate to have updated getter/setter support and DOM prototypes

Category: IE

I’m now pleased to announce that with the upcoming Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 8, we not only have a high-quality DOM prototypes implementation, but we’ve been able to change the getter/setter implementation to follow the draft ECMAScript 3.1 standard. While our JavaScript engine and DOM won’t have support for all of the ECMAScript 3.1 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:56 am

3.8 rating from 23 votes

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

“I won’t support IE 6 in 2009”

Category: Browsers, IE

At a New Years Eve party, a friend help up a drink and toasted to his company deciding to discontinue direct support of IE 6 in 2009, and letting users know that the site may work better with IE 7 or another latest browser. Then, Asa Dotzer puts up a chart of the IE 6 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:00 am

4.5 rating from 80 votes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Finally something to get a few more users off of IE 6?

Category: Browsers, IE

We desperately want users to upgrade to the latest and greatest. A prominent and respected Web citizen recently said “With Ajax we are developing to 1997 technology, and are restricted by IE 6.” What if you didn’t have that nagging feeling, and instead could use the platform that sits below the clients of modern browsers? Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:28 am

3.5 rating from 25 votes

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

IE8 December Release and Accessibility

Category: Browsers, IE

The IE8 team let their partners know about a December “Partner Build” that contains the following changes since IE8b2: Accessibility-ARIA ARIA attribute names containing dashes, such as “aria-checked”, no longer have to be referenced by their camelCased equivalent (ariaChecked) in IE 7 Mode and Quirks Mode. As a consequence of this change, the camelCased syntax Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:35 am

3.7 rating from 15 votes