News Wire: The Business Case for Web Standards

  • Exploiting the dynamic graphics features of current browsers (e.g. the canvas element), instant.js (along with corner.js, glossy.js, and loupe.js) adds special effects to images on your page that you can configure by applying special CSS class names.
  • Opera has released a beta version of the new Opera Mini 4 browser for mobile phones. You can play with the live demo in your desktop web browser, or install it on your phone for free.
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  • In response to Google’s antitrust complaint regarding Windows Vista’s Desktop Search feature, Microsoft has pledged to make changes to the operating system, but Google claims the changes are not enough.
  • Although it remains unclear whether or not it will be released along with Safari 3, the Safari team has announced a brand new Web Inspector window that brings most of the power of Firebug (the only exception being JavaScript debugging) to Safari.
  • This tale from the trenches documents how a team of developers on Novell’s Mono team (the open source .NET implementation) got together and implemented the basics of Moonlight—an open source Silverlight clone—in time for a conference demo.
  • Chris Heilmann has launched this wiki project to collectively document arguments for (and counterarguments against) the adoption of web standards from a business perspective. Different audiences are considered and significant case studies are included.
  • Produced by the developers of MooTools, this benchmark tests the major JavaScript libraries’ CSS selector features (selecting a set of DOM nodes using CSS selector syntax). Some of the time differences are amazing!
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  • While it’s common knowledge that JavaScript is single-threaded, the experiment described here—and the ensuing comments—demonstrate that blocking functions like alert can enable waiting tasks (like Ajax callbacks) to run immediately.
  • Written by Gian Sampson-Wild for the State of Victoria, Australia, this is essentially a free ebook on web accessibility from one of the leading experts in the field!
  • Also from Gian Sampson-Wild, a new critique of WCAG 2.0 based on the requirement that all of the accessibility guidleines be “testable”. In her view, this has watered down many useful parts of the spec, most notably in the area of cognitive disabilities.
  • From the W3C HTML Working Group, an excellent summary of the significant differences between HTML 4 and the current draft of HTML 5. None of this is final, and the document itself is under active development, but it’s a very worthwhile read nonetheless.
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  • Proxy caches are slipping between the cracks in the push for standards compliance on the Web. According to this detailed survey, most products seem to implement HTTP standards only so far as is needed to support current usage on the Web—just barely.
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  • Possibly ending the Windows Vista Desktop Search antitrust saga, a judge ruled on Tuesday to dismiss Google’s latest complaint against Microsoft in the case.

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