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  • First Look at Adobe BrowserLab

    Last month, Adobe released BrowserLab, an online tool to help web developers easily preview their websites in multiple web browsers without needing to have each browser installed. You simply input your website's URL and it shows you how your website renders in Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Furthermore, it has an overlay feature that enables you to see two renderings on top of one another so that you can identify even the most minute differences. This feature is poorly named "Onion Skin View". browserlab_1.jpg|Screenshot of Adobe…

  • Time to Ditch Internet Explorer 6?

    Youtube have announced this week that they will not be supporting Internet Explorer 6 in future development. Instead, they encourage IE6 users to upgrade to Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 8, or Mozilla Firefox. This announcement has caused developers all over the Internet to claim the death of IE6 now that all of these popular websites (Youtube, Facebook, and Digg are the prominent ones) no longer plan to support it. However, I sadly must say that Internet Explorer 6 is going to be around quite a bit longer. You see, the mass of people …

  • We'll Miss You XHTML 2

    The W3C officially announced last week (2 July 2009) that they will not be renewing the charter for the XHTML 2 Working Group at the end of 2009. Their objective is to increase the resources of HTML 5, in order to accelerate the completion of the specification. I was not entirely surprised by the W3C's decision because HTML 5 has been receiving a lot of marketing buzz thanks to the big wigs at Apple and Google. All the browser makers are rushing to implement parts of the HTML 5 Working Draft, but there has not been a single attempt of an…

  • Opera Unite Solves the Problems of "the Cloud"

    Opera Software have today launched Opera Unite, an innovative technology that allows users to share files, photos, music, and more without the use of a third-party service. Using web-server-like technology, users share data across the Internet without uploading files to an intermediary service, such as Flickr or MobileMe. Users install "services" that are built from traditional web technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX), which they can broadcast out to friends and family. Opera have released an initial suite of services: File Shari…

  • Opera 10 Beta Released

    Opera Software have yesterday released Opera 10 Beta, a preview of the next version of the Opera web browser. For the average consumer, this beta release includes a redesigned interface (by the infamous designer Jon Hicks), built-in Opera Turbo support, the ability to compose rich-HTML emails (in Opera Mail), inline spell checking, and auto updates. They have also introduced a visual tab display that can be accessed by pulling down the adjustable bar beneath the tabs. You can find complete changelogs on Opera's documentation website: Windows…

  • MinneWebCon 2009

    I had the privilege yesterday to attend MinneWebCon 2009, a conference for web developers held at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. MinneWebCon was my first web-development conference and I quite liked it! Most of the speakers seemed to be from the Twin-Cities area and most of the attendees worked for the University. Nonetheless, the sessions were informative and interesting, particularly the two keynotes. You can read about the conference's presentations on the MinneWebCon website. Presumably, some of the slide shows will …

  • Internet Explorer 8 Released by Microsoft

    Microsoft officially released Internet Explorer 8 to the world last Thursday. Even though IE7 still feels rather new in the web development world, due to its rather slow adoption, IE8 is the first major release of the browser since October 2006. IE8 features: Private browsing mode "Accelerators" Web slices Better page zooming Better RSS reader Developer tools Improvements to the rendering engine, security, and performance Microsoft have made a number of fixes and improvements to IE's rendering engine in IE8. Finally, IE8 pass…