December 2007 - Broken Links Archive

Opera vs Microsoft

Well, Oper­a’s antitrust com­plaint against Microsoft cer­tain­ly put the cat amongst the pigeons.

Devel­op­ers came out on both sides of the issue; Andy Clarke called for the CSS Work­ing Group to be dis­band­ed, which had Daniel Glaz­man up in arms. David Baron was­n’t a fan of the idea either.

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You can start using HTML 5 right now!

There’s an inter­est­ing post on at the moment, decry­ing the speed of imple­men­ta­tion for HTML 5 and CSS 3 and sug­gest­ing Flash/AIR as a bet­ter alter­na­tive. I com­plete­ly dis­agree with it, but it’s inter­est­ing nonethe­less. HTML 5 in par­tic­u­lar comes in for heavy crit­i­cism as it’s per­ceived that its adop­tion will take too long.

But, as the title of this post makes clear: you can start using HTML 5 right now!

Well, you can’t real­ly — but with Opera and Safari, you can at least pre­tend to while you get used to the syntax.

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Worst. Announcement. Ever.

After com­plaints from the web com­mu­ni­ty about lack of trans­paren­cy in the devel­op­ment of the next Inter­net Explor­er, and a lit­tle brow­beat­ing from Mol­ly Holzschlag, Bill Gates says there is no “deep secret” about what they’re doing with IE, and the IE team have respond­ed by releas­ing the detail we’ve all been wait­ing for: the brows­er after IE7 will be IE8.


HTML 5 and reserved class names

I’ve been doing a bit of think­ing recently.

I’ve been think­ing about HTML 5 and the new seman­tic sec­tion­ing ele­ments it pro­pos­es to intro­duce: header, footer, section, article, nav and aside.

I’ve also been think­ing about the way micro­for­mats use data for­mat stan­dards and reserved class and id val­ues to organ­ise content.

Then think­ing about this 2005 research into reused class names, which shows that, prob­a­bly most­ly uncon­scious­ly, web­site mak­ers were already using the pro­posed HTML 5 ele­ments as class names to organ­ise their data.

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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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