March 2007 - Broken Links Archive

SVG waiting in the wings

One tech­nol­o­gy that’s ready to take the step up onto the big stage is SVG. If you’re not sure what that is, its Wikipedia entry pro­vides a good summary:

SVG is an XML markup lan­guage for describ­ing two-dimen­sion­al vec­tor graph­ics, both sta­t­ic and animated.

That’s a pret­ty big deal; sta­t­ic or ani­mat­ed images which are marked up with XML, mean­ing you can use the DOM to manip­u­late them. Inter­ac­tive images; imag­ine the possibilities!

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Moved to my own domain

I’ve moved to my new domain: www.Broken-Links.com (no, I don’t like the hyphen either). RSS Feeds should be updat­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly, and all old links should redi­rect here… fin­gers crossed…


New features in Gecko 1.9

Gecko is the ren­der­ing engine used in browsers such as Fire­fox, Sea­Mon­key, Camino, Epiphany, Netscape, and more.

The next ver­sion (1.9, cur­rent­ly avail­able as a pre­view release) intro­duces a whole load of new fea­tures and fix­es to the engine. In my last post I men­tioned the speed increase thanks to the move to a new graph­ics lay­er and changes to ren­der­ing order, as well as sup­port for the APNG for­mat and fix­es to the CSS to allow it to pass the Acid2 test. But there’s more. Here are some new fea­tures of inter­est to developers:

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Firefox to get a speed boost

Mozil­la have announced the release of Gran Par­adiso Alpha 3, the lat­est step on the road to Fire­fox 3. 

Notable in this release is sup­port for the APNG for­mat, which aims to pro­vide the sim­ple ani­ma­tion style of GIFs, but with the advan­tage of PNG’s trans­paren­cy sup­port. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I could­n’t get any of the exam­ples to work.

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More type control with CSS3 Fonts

After the issue of the over­hauled CSS3 Text mod­ule recent­ly, I won­der if the Fonts mod­ule is due for sim­i­lar treat­ment? The cur­rent work­ing draft states:

The work­ing group believes this draft is sta­ble and it there­fore issues a last call for com­ments, before request­ing the sta­tus of Can­di­date Rec­om­men­da­tion for the draft. The dead­line for com­ments is 30 August 2002.

Four and a half years ago! That’s a long feed­back process!

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Dynamic Text Replacement

An intro­duc­to­ry tuto­r­i­al to Dynam­ic Text Replace­ment. The for­mat­ting of the page could be bet­ter, but it’s a well-writ­ten guide.

I’ve start­ed using the sIFR method on a few sites, and it’s pret­ty use­ful; it does intro­duce a whole new set of chal­lenges to your devel­op­ment, how­ev­er — notably with the use of z-index and trans­paren­cy, espe­cial­ly in IE (of course) — so use with caution.


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Aside

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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