Posts Tagged ‘browsers’

AJAX News October 2010

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Bob delivers a powerful and moving performance as he brings to you the touching, human side of Ajax News. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. But mostly you’ll just plain cry.

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JavaScript – It’s a Real Language!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

JavaScript doesn’t get much respect. “It’s a toy!”, they say. The language has been around ever since the earliest browsers.  But did you know JavaScript is a real language? It seems that only front end developers realize that it is!  Where is the confusion?  You have to look at the language’s origins.  Traditionally, JavaScript has always been part of the browser.   This absolutely has contributed to the popularity it enjoys today, but has also mischaracterized it as a toy for browsers.  It has simply been used as the means to get the cool things done you can’t do with HTML alone.

JavaScript - It's a Real Language!

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JavaScript Console Fix V2 Now with iOS!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The consoleFix.js has been a popular script, helping people overcome problems in the various browsers, but now, there are more features including support for your iPhone.  consoleFix is a small JavaScript file that removes the annoyances of cross browser logging. The use of console.log is now a standard used by not only Firebug, but WebKit Inspector and Internet Explorer Developer Tools. Firebug is ubiquitous with front end web development, and while it provides dozens of tools like DOM inspection and network sniffing, the logger gets the vast majority of use.

While log, warn, and info may be standard, using the groupCollapsed method will throw an error in Chrome, and the seemingly innocuous debug will throw an error in IE. Opera’s Dragonfly is an improvement over it’s anemic predecessor, but it still rivals IE’s feeble text-only logger and thus, only supports a small subset of console methods.

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Plain Text vs innerText vs textContent

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

innerText and textContent are properties that get or set the text of an element or all its children. Internet Explorer implemented innerText in version 4.0, and it’s a useful, if misunderstood feature. WebKit also has innerText, carefully copying from, and even improving upon IE; and additionally has the standards compliant textContent, which we shall see, is no where near as useful and is in fact quite different. Firefox has textContent but not innerText, and a common mistake is writing code that retrieves one or the other, assuming the result will be the same (it’s not). Opera has the property, but it is little more than an alias of textContent, which to me is analogous to false advertising.
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Internet Explorer 6 – Stop Enabling Yesterday’s Browser

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Internet Explorer 6 in its heyday was a great browser. It raised the bar so high, it stood alone; the other browsers languished in its wake. It had the backing of Microsoft to the tune of $100 million a year in the late 1990’s. IE6 became the darling of enterprise website development using it as the standard to which they would develop. IE hit a peak usage share of around 95% during 2002, 2003.  But that is yesterday’s technology, it is time to move on. (more…)

Webkit Unicode Bug

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

While working on the BetterVideo HTML5 player, I came across an odd bug in Safari; Unicode characters weren’t rendering correctly. What I was attempting to do was create a simple close button — a small box with an “x” in it. But I didn’t want to use the “x” character, I wanted something a little more specific. The Unicode character #&10005 is perfect, and there is a Webdings equivalent of it for Internet Explorer (small case “r”).
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Anatomy of Bad User Experience

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

It’s amazing that in this day of age, with all information, history, and expertise we have in building websites, that any company could churn out something so patently unusable. The following rant is a true story, experienced while reading one of my favorite bloggers on a major website…

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Apple Rumored to Move to New Video Codec

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation on HTML5 Video, and suggested that Apple may be the new evil empire for getting the world hooked on the H264 MPEG codec, and then collect massive royalties a few years later.

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Why Your Company Needs A Front End Developer

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Business often places most, if not all, of their development efforts on the server side.  As companies start a development project, focus is usually given to the data that supports their idea, its security, and the business logic. The problem is, this strategy misses the holistic approach that a front end developer offers. The front end guy is often considered the guy who “makes things pretty”. While this description is based on a kernel of truth, it’s more of a stereotype. It’s about as accurate as describing the server-dev as the guy who just “serves data”.

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Video: HTML5 Video Explained

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

From the July Club AJAX meeting: What is HTML5 Video and how is it different from what we are used to? What problems does it solve, and what issues does it have? Since it doesn’t require a plugin does that mean it’s all open source? In this presentation, we will address these questions and provide some basic terminology for understanding how video works. We’ll show how to embed HTML5 Video API and explore the API, and discuss browser compatibility. Finally, we’ll go over video encoding possibilities.

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Also, Jeremy Brown and the July 2010 AJAX News