CSS in emails, HTML vs XHTML, and more

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I’m back from my hol­i­day, with a quick look at some of the links I would have dis­cussed in more detail had I been here…

Researchers explore scrap­ping Inter­net — While I’m not against the idea of build­ing a faster and more secure net­work, I am a lit­tle wor­ried by the idea of a closed sys­tem based on pro­pri­etary soft­ware and run by com­pa­nies with vest­ed interests.

A Guide to CSS Sup­port in Email: 2007 Edi­tion — Thanks to Microsoft, CSS sup­port in emails is actu­al­ly mov­ing back­wards. The new Out­look uses Word as its ren­der­ing engine, and the new Live Mail drops sup­port for many selectors.

Set­ting Type on the Web to a Base­line Grid — I think web typog­ra­phy is this years big top­ic, and deserved­ly so. Graph­ics and design have pro­gressed enor­mous­ly, it would be nice to have type to sup­port them.

HTML5, XHTML2, and the Future of the Web and Beware of XHTML — I think XHTML2 is a long, long way from being adopt­ed as a stan­dard by any­body, and while XHTML1 is parsed as HTML there’s no advan­tage in using it. Cod­ing HTML4 strict is just as good, and that’s what I’ve tak­en to doing on many sites I build now.

Microsoft Unveils Sil­verlight to Pow­er the Next Gen­er­a­tion of Media Expe­ri­ences on the Web — This is their attempt at tak­ing some of Adobe’s Flash audi­ence. I haven’t seen the soft­ware for cre­at­ing Sil­verlight ani­ms yet, but I actu­al­ly pre­fer the imple­men­ta­tion of this than I do that of Flash; Sil­verlight uses XML and Javascript to run its com­mands, so you can make live edits with­out con­stant recom­pil­ing. How­ev­er, sup­port­ing only 3 OSs (Vista, XP and OS X 10.4.8) and a hand­ful of browsers (IE6, IE7, FF1.5.*, FF2.0.* and Safari 2.04) does­n’t real­ly qual­i­fy it as cross-plat­form and cross-brows­er. Miguel de Icaza gives a more detailed analy­sis of Sil­verlight, Flash, and an open-source alter­na­tive.

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