- Instant.js (now with IE 6/7 support)
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.
- Beta of Opera Mini 4 is here!
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.
- Google says Vista search changes not enough
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.
- Yet another one more thing… a new Web Inspector!
- Implementing Silverlight in 21 Days
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.
- “The Business case for Web Standards” Wiki
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.
- SlickSpeed Selectors Test
- Victorian Government Accessibility Toolkit
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!
- Testability Costs Too Much
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.
- HTML 5 differences from HTML 4
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.
- The State of Proxy Caching
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.
- Judge rejects Google’s anti-Microsoft antitrust bid
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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