the new Netscape X 6.1 preview and you know what? It’s excellent. Fast, seems reasonably accurate so far, and it looks great. That makes two viable OS X browsers – or three, with Opera. Browsers that don’t support ECMAScript and CSS are just toys, not real web browsers. Sadly, that includes iCab, to date.
on a whole bunch of stories lately that I think are important and/or interesting – chief among these being the Smart Tags feature that’s being deployed in new versions of key MS software. Some disagree, but I am of the opinion that this feature hugely oversteps the boundaries of what’s appropriate or acceptible for a software company to do, particularly in the browser where the software is responsible for presenting other people’s writing.
As one would expect, the gang at ALA have published an excellent analysis of the feature by Chris Kaminsky. To link or not to link, and to what, is an editorial decision, period. And the decision to do so rests with the people involved in the editorial process, and nowhere else. I don’t get what’s so hard about that concept for some.
pleasant folks as Zeldman, eric costello, and Owen Briggs, I’ve been experimenting extensively with CSS-only layouts. I started working on a new project, but decided that since it wasn’t “fixed” it was too easy just to change what I wanted to do if I couldn’t get something to go just how I wanted.
So I started converting this yellow monstrosity instead. With a model to work to, it brought a lot more discipline. In any case, I got the whole thing converted in no time flat (thanks to the people that are following this stuff closely and writing about it) – except for one thing – I can’t seem to pin the right hand yellow panel to the side of the browser window. As well, the three columns just end when they end – I can’t extend the left and right to the bottom of the browser window. I’ve tried every combination of margin: 0px and whatnot I can think of.
When I do get it together I think I’m going to move to the new style of code for this site. It’s much simpler, much smaller, more fluid and easier to work with. Even if NS 4 people can’t participate on an equal footing – I’m 90% sure it’s worth it.
I did it long ago, and have been proselytizing for people to upgrade (usually to IE5/Mac from NS4.7x) for months. Now, the Web Standards Project is Fighting for Standards in our Browsers by encouraging people to upgrade to standards-compliant browsers.