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Monthly Archives: March 2008

>Introduction to XML technologies

>There’s a guy from the U.S. that calls himself Gerald that wrote a blog entry aiming to introduce XML technologies (from a Java point-of-view):

Quite interesting, especially for beginners or to those wanting to take a step back and getting another overview.

Note that he also mentions XINS as a web services framework.

 
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Posted by on 29 March 2008 in concepts, java, xins, xml

 

>Firefox 2.0.0.13 released

>Firefox 2.0.0.13 was released. No features added, just some security vulnerabilities fixed.

 
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Posted by on 28 March 2008 in firefox, firefox2, security

 

>Opera also claims 100/100 on Acid3

>Although they don’t provide a publicly downloadable build yet (unlike WebKit), Opera also claims they have a score of 100/100 on Acid3. Coming soon to a download location near you…

 
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Posted by on 27 March 2008 in Geen categorie

 

>WebKit passes Acid3 test

>Wow, they did it! While my Firefox 3 beta 4 (on Mac OS X 10.4) gets no more than 68 points (out of 100), the WebKit team managed to make their browser engine pass the Acid3 test:

Now they ‘just’ need to do some profiling to make sure the test is passed quickly and the animation is smooth…

They sure deserve some credit for this!

 
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Posted by on 27 March 2008 in acid3, browsers, compatibility, standards, webkit

 

>CSS improvements planned for MSIE 8.0 (final)

>On the Microsoft Internet Explorer blog, a new article appeared today, titled “Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers – Standards Highlights Part 2“. This article points to a document about the various IE versions and CSS compatibility:

From the document, it becomes clear that while IE 8 beta 1 already improves CSS compatibility compared to IE 7, there are still some improvements planned before the IE 8 final release:

So there’s still something to look forward to…

I wonder how much of this will affect the IE 8 score on the Acid 3 test, but I don’t expect them to beat WebKit anytime soon (who just achieved 100/100).

 
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Posted by on 27 March 2008 in browsers, css, ie, ie8, msie, msie8, standards

 

>Ajax Performance

>Here’s a great blog about client-side JavaScript and CSS: Ajax Performance. Some articles of interest:

Interesting stuff!

 
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Posted by on 24 March 2008 in ajax, css, ecmascript, javascript, performance

 

>Browser-specific CSS

>The main browser engines support some CSS properties (or property values) that are not (yet) standardized. These get a browser engine-specific prefix, to maintain future compatibility, as the property (value) may make it into a standard, but possibly with slightly different characteristics.

The prefixes used are:

Microsoft is not that careful with CSS compatibility, their Internet Explorer does not use a prefix, except for one property: -ms-interpolation-mode.

Here are lists of CSS properties/property values specific to these browsers:

 
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Posted by on 24 March 2008 in browser, browsers, css

 

>Browser blogs

>Here are links to some blogs dedicated to the main browser engines:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer – since the release of the IE 8 beta, there are is one new post every day, mainly focusing on functionalities and technologies;
  • Mozilla Developer News – Covers not only browsers, but other products as well.
  • Camino – a blog dedicated to Mozilla Camino (for Mac OS X).
  • WebKit – the engine of -primarily- Safari.
  • Opera – Blog by Håkon Wium Lie, CTO of Opera.

For Konqueror, I could not find a decent blog…

 
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Posted by on 24 March 2008 in Geen categorie

 

>The truth about abortion

>This picture speaks for itself. If you believe abortion is principally different from killing a baby, think again.

 
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Posted by on 22 March 2008 in abortion, death, life, prolife

 

>Color spaces in Safari and Firefox 3

>Since long, Safari 3 has supported support for color profiles (see the WebKit blog entry Color Spaces). Now the Firefox 3 betas also come with support for it, although it’s disabled by default.

To enable support for color spaces in Firefox 3 beta 4, do the following:

  1. Go to about:config
  2. Confirm you want to edit settings
  3. Set the option “gfx.color_management.enabled” to “true”
  4. Restart Firefox

Now check out some sites. Like with Safari 3, colors in sites may look quite different, since an extra step is applied to convert the colors from the original color space to the color space for your screen.

For web developers this smart behavior introduces some challenges, since sites now look different on different browsers on the same platform. Of note, Safari and Firefox implement color space support differently: Safari only adjusts images (such as PNGs), while Firefox also adjusts CSS colors.

So even between Safari and Firefox 3 with color space support enabled, there are differences, as reported in Firefox bug report #424356 (see the attached screenshot) Firefox seems to do a better job here than Safari, because with the latter the colors of different elements on a web page may mismatch, as can be seen (with Safari 3.1) on a website like http://www.route65.eu/.

For web developers, here’s a pragmatic approach:

  1. make sure your images do not include a color profile (saves ~4KB)
  2. do not specify colors in CSS if there is an image that needs to match the color, instead use a dot image with the exact same color

Still your site will look different on browsers with or without color space support, but at least you work around the problem in Safari 3.1.