Monday, October 26th, 2009

Be a CSS Ninja with your Font Dragr

Category: Firefox, Showcase, Typography

The CSS Ninja has created a Font Dragr drag and drop font tester: Font dragr is an experimental web app that uses HTML5 & CSS3 to create a useful standalone web based application for testing custom fonts, once you visit it for the first time you don’t need to be online to use it after Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:34 am

1.7 rating from 53 votes

Prototype and Scriptaculous mini news

Category: Prototype, Scriptaculous

A couple of quick updates for the Protoscripty crowd: Choose your own CSS selector adventure Fancy changing your selector engine at will? Simply rake dist SELECTOR_ENGINE=nwmatcher to switch to NWMatcher and beyond. What is the perf difference? Thanks to @jdalton you can give some tests a try! 1.8.3 is released It aint as sexy Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:48 am

3.9 rating from 69 votes

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

JIRA now has a live walk-through demo using jQuery

Category: jQuery, Showcase

Atlassian has created a new JIRA Interactive Tour that walks you through the application, live. We have seen a couple of these before, and this one is really cool. It is one thing watching a screencast of an application that you want to learn, but having an assistant that helps you inside the live app Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:27 am

2.3 rating from 78 votes

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

CKEditor load time performance

Category: Performance

Frederico Caldeira Knabben of CKEditor fame has replied to some of the comments to the CKEditor 3 article with a post about the load time performance of CKEditor 3. He starts out by showing the perf that he gets from Poland: As you can see, the entire sample weight is 105KB, loaded and rendered in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:54 am

3.1 rating from 55 votes

Client-Side tar and LZMA compression

Category: Browsers

The BrowserPlus team of Yahoo released a client-side compression API. As explained in the following screencast, the JavaScript API allows you to pack and compress files on the client with LZMA or tar. Client Side Compression from Lloyd Hilaiel on Vimeo. You can read more about the implementation or try out the live demo (requires Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 2:11 am

2.6 rating from 52 votes

Microsoft to help move Canvas 2D API out of HTML5 spec?

Category: Canvas, Microsoft

Eliot Graff of Microsoft wrote to In his mail describing why he created a separate Canvas 2D API specification, Doug Schepers wrote [1]: > There is a chance that currently Canvas could be a blocker on progress > for the HTML5 spec, and at this point, Canvas is so widely implemented > that I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:32 am

2.9 rating from 47 votes

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Implied globals in browsers

Category: IE, JavaScript, Security

Stoyan Stefanov has done some testing on so called implied globals in browsers. One of the interesting finds was that the meta description is accessible in JavaScript using object property notation on IE and other browsers. < View plain text > HTML <meta name="description" content="test me" /> < View plain text > javascript alert(description.content); // Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 10:35 am

2.1 rating from 53 votes

The State of Developer Tools

Category: Utility

Our very own Ben Galbraith took a dip down under to talk about the state of developer tools. The session description is: For many years, developing for the web left quite a bit to be desired when it came to the tools at developers disposal, particularly in comparison with the sorts of development environments available Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:27 am

2.3 rating from 42 votes

Apple goes live with HTML5 video

Category: Apple, Showcase, Video

Apple has a fair amount of video on their site, and now you will find it displayed via <video> As always, it looks very nice indeed. The video controls look very much like the new Quicktime X: All via the code: Of course, for all the deets on video, check out brother Mark.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:52 am

3.3 rating from 72 votes

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Microsoft Ajax Minifier VS YUI Compressor

Category: JavaScript, Microsoft, YUI

I have discovered only yesterday the Announcing Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6) and the Microsoft Ajax Minifier post and using Visual Studio on daily basis I could not miss an instant minifier test. First of all, my apologizes for the wrong tweet and the comment left in the related post. I have spotted a false Read the rest…

Posted by webreflection at 10:54 am

2.8 rating from 49 votes

Cloudera Desktop, MooTools Update

Category: MooTools, Showcase

Aaron Newton of MooTools fame is now at Cloudera, the awesome Hadoop startup, and has posted about the rich Cloudera Desktop project he has been working on. In the post he discusses the implementation and how it uses new features in the new MooTools 1.2.4 release such as: MooTools Depender MooTools ships with a dependency Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:30 am

2.8 rating from 51 votes

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Har Har! One archive for Web performance and beyond; Implemented in Firebug and HttpWatch

Category: Debugging, Performance

Steve Souders has posted about the HTTP Archive Specification and how it is now supported by both Firebug and HttpWatch (and hopefully more soon!). Steve says it best, and it started as his baby, so I will let him announce it: What’s needed is an industry standard for archiving HTTP information. The first step in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:25 pm

2.6 rating from 43 votes

jQuery Concrete; ConcreteUI programming in jQuery

Category: JavaScript, jQuery

Hamish Friedlander of SilverStripe has developed jQuery Concrete as a way to enable developers to easily add functions to groups of DOM elements based on the structure and contents of those DOM elements. Hamish told us: I’d like to announce the 0.9 (API stable) release of the Concrete and Selector libraries for jQuery. Concrete provides Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:47 am

2.4 rating from 73 votes

Friday, October 16th, 2009

jQuery Approach; Creep up on your radials

Category: jQuery

We have featured the creative work of Scott Robbin many times before. This time he comes at us with a cool new jQuery Approach plugin. It works very similar in nature to animate, except it’s based on distance instead of time. As the user’s cursor approaches an element, more of an animated style’s value is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:30 am

2.7 rating from 86 votes

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

HTML5 Canvas FTW!

Category: Canvas, Presentation

Dmitry Baranovskiy, of Raphaël fame (can’t forget the umlauts), has posted an excellent presentation on the Canvas tag from Web Directions South ’09:

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:30 am

2.7 rating from 55 votes

Even Crazier Times: HTML Rendering… in Flash

Category: Flash, HTML, Library

On Monday we saw someone rewriting an HTML renderer in Canvas. Continuing the fun times we see an open source project that does the same thing, but using Flash ActionScript thanks to one of the comments on our last post: Wrapper is a cross-browser compliant HTML/CSS rendering engine written in ActionScript that sits on top Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:30 am

2 rating from 51 votes