November 2008 - Broken Links Archive

Textpattern releases new version

Textpat¬≠tern have announced the release of ver¬≠sion 4.07. In case you don‚Äôt know Textpat¬≠tern, it‚Äôs a light¬≠weight and easy to use CMS with a nice XML-like tem¬≠plate tag¬≠ging sys¬≠tem. The major new fea¬≠ture is a new tag pars¬≠er, allow¬≠ing for a lot more flex¬≠i¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty in site devel¬≠op¬≠ment. How¬≠ev¬≠er, the admin inter¬≠face still uses the fid¬≠dly design from pre¬≠vi¬≠ous ver¬≠sions, so I strong¬≠ly rec¬≠om¬≠mend you install the restyled inter¬≠face mod as soon as possible. 

New CSS implementations in Firefox / Gecko

Mozil­la’s Robert O’Calla­han has post­ed a few hints about new fea­tures expect­ed to land in the next ver­sion (1.9.2) of the Gecko lay­out engine.

Allow­ing use of SVG in <img> and back­ground-image is high on the list, appar­ent­ly, as are back­ground-size, mul­ti­ple back­grounds, and pos­si­bly text-over­flow. These fea­tures have already been imple­ment­ed between Opera and Safari.

I can’t find any infor­ma­tion yet as to when Gecko 1.9.2 will land; I think it’s doubt­ful it will make it into Fire­fox 3.1, so are we look­ing at 4.0 or an as yet unan­nounced 3.2?

Microsoft ‚Äėmay consider‚Äô Webkit in IE

Steve Ballmer has said that Microsoft ‚Äúmay look at‚ÄĚ using Webkit in future ver¬≠sions of Inter¬≠net Explor¬≠er (con¬≠tra¬≠dict¬≠ing Chris Wilson‚Äôs state¬≠ment last year that they would¬≠n‚Äôt). I real¬≠ly can‚Äôt see it; at least, not in the near future. Per¬≠haps for Win¬≠dows Mobile, as Webkit is prov¬≠ing itself in the mobile space, but almost cer¬≠tain¬≠ly not on the desktop.

Preparing for the release of IE8

With IE8 expect­ed to be released in the near future, now’s a good time to make sure you know all about its new fea­tures; hand­i­ly, the lat­est issue of Code Focus mag­a­zine is an IE8 spe­cial, with arti­cles on sub­jects rang­ing from web­site com­pat­i­bil­i­ty to AJAX performance.


I‚Äôve updat¬≠ed my Speak¬≠ing page to include more con¬≠fer¬≠ences, more videos, and a lit¬≠tle on my speak¬≠ing require¬≠ments and pref¬≠er¬≠ences. I‚Äôm plan¬≠ning to cut down on the num¬≠ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter¬≠est¬≠ing offers and oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties, so please get in touch if you‚Äôre organ¬≠is¬≠ing an event.

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