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On Internet Explorer and Microsoft

I’m not a blind Microsoft-bash­er, nei­ther am I an MS fan­boy (in fact, I think the whole idea of align­ing your­self with any sin­gle tech­nol­o­gy or brand is pret­ty nar­row-mind­ed). I think MS do some things well, and some things poor­ly. I am going to have a bit of a pop at them at the end of this arti­cle, but I’m going to start by defend­ing them.

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Microsoft ‘may consider’ Webkit in IE

Steve Ballmer has said that Microsoft “may look at” using Webkit in future ver­sions of Inter­net Explor­er (con­tra­dict­ing Chris Wilson’s state­ment last year that they would­n’t). I real­ly can’t see it; at least, not in the near future. Per­haps for Win­dows Mobile, as Webkit is prov­ing itself in the mobile space, but almost cer­tain­ly not on the desktop.

Links Round-Up: Firefox, Microsoft, Yahoo

The last month has seen me com­plete­ly immersed in User Expe­ri­ence the­o­ry and Infor­ma­tion Archi­tec­ture for my new role, and it’s been a very hec­tic time. While that has­n’t stopped me from keep­ing an eye on devel­op­ments on the web, it’s giv­en me less time to write about them.

Here’s a quick round-up of a few links that have grabbed my inter­est over the past weeks; I’d like to write more about them, but time forbids.

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EOT as a new standard: too late?

Microsoft are try­ing to get peo­ple inter­est­ed in the old EOT embed­ded font for­mat by sub­mit­ting it to the W3C as an open stan­dard. Font foundry Ascen­der Cor­po­ra­tion are behind them. I think this would­n’t be an issue now if Microsoft had sub­mit­ted this as an open stan­dard five years ago, but that it may be too late now that their rivals are going down the route of font link­ing.

IE8 opt-in: no problem after all?

After two days of com­mo­tion regard­ing the Inter­net Explor­er team’s deci­sion to include a stan­dards opt-in in the next ver­sion of their brows­er, Mozil­la’s John Resig has noticed some­thing rather impor­tant in an exchange on IE’s Chris Wilson’s blog; name­ly:

Inter­net Explor­er 8 will sup­port DOCTYPE switch­ing for new DOC­TYPEs (like HTML5).

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IE8 opt-in: reaction from other browser makers

Pre­dictably, yes­ter­day’s announce­ment from Microsoft about the new stan­dards opt-in switch has cre­at­ed quite a stir in the web devel­op­ment com­mu­ni­ty. As I not­ed yes­ter­day, the reac­tion from the oth­er brows­er mak­ers would be quite impor­tant — and it looks as if they’re not interested.

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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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