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Death to IE6

“IE6 is the new Netscape 4. The hacks needed to support IE6 are increasingly viewed as excess freight. Like Netscape 4 in 2000, IE6 is perceived to be holding back the web.” ~ Jeff Zeldman, standards guru Anyone who has worked with developing the presentation layer for web apps has become quite adept at creating workarounds in JS and CSS to try and give the user the same experience in IE6 that they’d have if they use
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More on site-specific browsers: Webkit-based Fluid

After my recent post on Prism, the Mozilla-based site-specific browsing tool, a commenter pointed me toward Fluid, Prism's Webkit-based cousin. After giving it a test drive, I'm impressed. Although it lacks the cross-platform appeal of Prism, Fluid already offers a...
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Developer’s Notebook: Find computed styles in IE, Firefox, Opera or Safari

At my recent Web 2.0 Expo talk, I exhorted developers to get comfortable outside the Firebug/Firefox safety zone. By rotating between Opera, Safari and even IE as our primary development environments, we can really get to know those browsers -...
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Alternate approaches to IE6 and transparent PNGs

Who knew IE6 and transparent PNGs could inspire so much discussion? When you're churning out tips and tricks on a regular basis, you quickly learn to state things like this: "I had Problem X, and my solution was Y given...
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"Do Try This at Home: Ajax Bookmarking, Cross-Site Scripting and Other Web 2.0 Browser Hacks" – my talk at Web Expo 2.0 in April

O'Reilly has booked me to speak at Web 2.0 Expo, which runs April 22-25, 2008 at San Francisco's Moscone West convention center. I'm in the process of changing the session title, so ignore what it says on the website. The...
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IE8 Beta 1

Unless you've been stuck under a rock for the last week, you've probably heard about the IE8 Beta 1 release. My colleague Brian will have a post or two next week to dig under the surface and tell you what...
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Keeping up with Firefox 3: Six more bookmark-manager gotchas

I found four more bugs and two more feature requests to add to yesterday's massive, minutiae-laden post about the Firefox 3 bookmarks manager: Feature request: It would be awesome if you could sort your bookmarks by specific criteria, then make...
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Web standards won't get you into heaven

The endless hand-wringing over browser version targeting in IE8 illustrates what's wrong with the web standards community. For every sane, rational discussion about the practicalities of future-proofing the web, we get a couple knee-jerk anti-Microsoft screeds and at least one...
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Ajax, Browsers, Running Out of Time

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. -- Karl Marx I can remember the day, back in 1994, when I abandoned the Mac for Windows. It was a gloomy, overcast day when I made that bittersweet decision --...
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DOMContentLoaded and the quick rise of de facto standards

There's never been a better time to be a JavaScript developer. JS hit the big time with the advent of Ajax, and overnight client-side programmers went from being the redheaded step-children of the web-development world to front-and-center participants in the...
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