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No time for a real entry? Here are a few things that I wish that I’d had time to write about over the last few days:

IEBlog : Standards and CSS in IE
Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 has a whole shed load of annoying IE bugs fixed. This is great news. Nice to see such a down to earth entry from the IE blog too.
The mother of all smart iTunes radio stations
I’ve not fiddled with this myself yet, but it looks like a pretty darned good solution for a single mood based iTunes radio station.
I {heart} Unicode
A great t-shirt - I especially love the Mac version. I’m almost certainly going to buy myself one of these.

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  1. by greatred on August 12, 2005 05:35 PM

    Standards compliance, PNG alpha support and annoying bug fixes in IE. Isn't this one of the signs of the apocolypse? Well if it passes the Acid Test, then we'll know that the world has finally gone crazy.

    Still it's good news. With fewer inconsistancies between browsers we can use some of these funky standards and focus on making pages interoperable and pretty - rather than simply focusing on making the page usable within the (currently) most popular browser.

  2. by Neil Crosby [TypeKey Profile Page] on August 12, 2005 10:47 PM

    Well if it passes the Acid Test, then we'll know that the world has finally gone crazy.

    It's not going to. From the article - "I’ll go ahead and relieve the suspense by saying we will not pass this test when IE7 ships". So, that's a weight off your mind ;)

    It's absolutely a great thing that IE7 is getting these massive improvements. It's only unfortunate that only Vista people will get to use it (as far as I'm aware). This on its own will extend the shelf life of IE6 for at least another couple of years. If, on the other hand, it was released for XP as well then the number of IE6 users would hopefully dwindle quite rapidly.

  3. by greatred on August 13, 2005 08:34 PM

    Bah… Stuck with crappy IE6 compatibility for another 5 years or so :P

    I’m also slightly worried ‘cos I’ve heard that MS is going to make the OpenGL support in Vista very slightly crap. No doubt this will shove out the cross-platformness of OpenGL in favour of the better (at least on Windows) DirectX. grumble

  4. by Neil Crosby [TypeKey Profile Page] on August 13, 2005 09:51 PM

    I’d not heard that one myself, but I’d imagine if they did that the OpenGL community would very quick smartish release something that would get around that.

  5. by greatred on August 14, 2005 12:31 AM

    Not quite sure if they can do anything. Apparently MS is gonna make OpenGL sit on top of Direct3d. Maybe other OpenGL drivers by hardward manufacturers can get around this… Maybe they can’t/won’t. It’s just a bit worrying and underhanded at the moment.

  6. by Neil Crosby [TypeKey Profile Page] on August 14, 2005 12:54 AM

    Looks like I was wrong about IE7 only being for Vista (New IE 7 Icon and Logo)

    This icon and text treatment will be used on the versions of IE 7 for Windows XPSP2, Server 2003 SP1, and x64 versions.
  7. by greatred on August 14, 2005 09:54 AM

    That’s good, then :)

  8. by Neil Crosby [TypeKey Profile Page] on August 14, 2005 10:13 AM

    Absolutely - hopefully we’ll have decent CSS1 support across the board for 90% of web users fairly soon!

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