November 2007 - Broken Links Archive

Infuriating HTML quiz

How many HTML ele­ments can you name in five min­utes? Sounds like it should be easy, but after the ini­tial burst your mind sud­den­ly goes blank. I only got a rather shame­ful 45…

I want my Email Standards

[We work] with email client devel­op­ers and the design com­mu­ni­ty to improve web stan­dards sup­port and acces­si­bil­i­ty in email.

The Email Stan­dards Project

It’s fair to say that a large chunk of the web indus­try now under­stands the impor­tance of stan­dards; from brows­er mak­ers to designer/developers, we’ve tak­en on board the years of evan­ge­lis­ing by ear­ly adopters and in turn it informs every­thing we do (I sin­cere­ly hope I’m speak­ing for the major­i­ty here).

But there’s one area of web devel­op­ment where stan­dards break down; where we place ele­ments where they’re not sup­posed to go, where we (whis­per it) use tables for lay­out. Not because we want to, but because we have to. That area is, of course, HTML emails.

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My favourite features in Firefox 3 are in Opera

I’ve been play­ing with the Fire­fox 3 nightlies for quite a while now so the first beta release did­n’t real­ly hold any great sur­pris­es for me. The updat­ed ren­der­ing engine is fast and clean, and it’s got lots of nice new fea­tures which make it a treat to use. Most of my favourite new fea­tures are already in Opera 9.5, how­ev­er; and one that isn’t could real­ly do with the Opera touch.

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The future of email design

Short and inter­est­ing slide pre­sen­ta­tion (with sum­ma­ry) from the guys at Cam­paign Mon­i­tor on the gen­er­al state of HTML email since 1998, and it’s poten­tial for the future: The future of email design. I’m real­ly look­ing for­ward to the launch of the email stan­dards project, as HTML emails give me a pain in the neck.

video element support in browsers

Fire­fox has exper­i­men­tal sup­port. Opera has exper­i­men­tal sup­port. And now, Webkit has exper­i­men­tal sup­port. The new HTML5 <video> ele­ment is get­ting sup­port from a large part of the brows­er market.

Accord­ing to the spec, User agents should sup­port Ogg The­o­ra video and Ogg Vor­bis audio, as well as the Ogg con­tain­er for­mat; Fire­fox and Opera do so native­ly, while Webkit does so with a plu­g­in for Quick­time (see

Accord­ing to my site stats — which are very far from being rep­re­sen­ta­tive — rough­ly 60% of my vis­i­tors use one of the three browsers men­tioned above; that’s a pret­ty big poten­tial mar­ket. And remem­ber, what the geeks use now, every­body will use in a year or two.

Where is Safari 3?

Why has­n’t Safari 3 come out of Beta yet? Leop­ard was released weeks ago, and Safari 3.04 was includ­ed in that; pre­sum­ably that was a full release ver­sion and not a Beta, so why has­n’t a full release hap­pened for oth­er OS’s yet? I under­stand the Win­dows ver­sion might be delayed a lit­tle, but the Tiger version?



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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