Posts Tagged ‘Firefox’

A Dear John Letter to Firefox

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Dear Firefox Letter
Dear Firefox,

We met when you were 1.5, and started dating when you were 2.0. We enjoyed making fun of my clueless ex, Internet Explorer. IE seemed great at the time, but you showed me the error of my ways. IE was selfish and wanted to do everything its own way. You truly believed in collaboration and gratefully accepted suggestions. When you brought Firebug to the party, I became deeply committed to our relationship. Before Firebug I had no idea how difficult my life was, or the abuse of “error on line 0 character 0”; or blank, failed, pages and the silent treatment. You were very up-front with my errors, and kept life spicy with tabs, smart bookmarks, and an Awesome Bar that was truly awesome. Sure you didn’t load pages as fast as the other browsers, but I’m not greedy and the most important thing in my life was never… “cache”. Life was never boring, and at the nearest hint that it was, you would whisper in my ear, “I have a new AddOn…” And boy oh boy, I’ll never forget the first night with that Greasemonkey.
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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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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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The Internet Explorer Five Step Recovery Program

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

My name is Mike and I use Internet Explorer.

The IE9 Preview is looking strong, and Microsoft is bowing to the pressure of standards compliance. The IE9 Acid3 Test, which checks for CSS3 capabilities, is currently a very impressive score of 83; not very far behind Firefox’s 94. The release notes are a dream come true to anyone who’s done web development over the last ten years. Or is it too good to be true? If they didn’t include canvas in the next release it still might be years before we really have a full feature set of browser tools to work with, and canvas being arguably the most versatile, would be the most egregious omission. But the IE Team recently laid our fears to rest and updated their IE9 feature list to include canvas. Should we get excited? Or is this our abusive ex-boyfriend giving us a puppy? Before I’m able to seriously consider Internet Explorer as a viable platform, I may need professional help in order to get over the last decade…


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The HTML5 Roadmap, Past and Present

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

According to Google trends, HTML5 is one of the hottest technology topics today and in the very near future, it will be the language of choice for web applications, displacing Flash. The most publicized reason for the push to build web apps in HTML5 is that Flash is not allowed on the iPhone and the iPad, but the reasons go deeper and more technical than that.

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Script Injection: Debug with Your Favorite AJAX Library

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

You want to debug a web page using your favorite AJAX library, but it isn’t loaded into the page. Fortunately, there is a solution…

Script Injection: Debug with Your Favorite AJAX Library
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Video: Optimize Your Website to Load Faster!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

One of the two videos from the June 1st meeting is posted. In this one, I go pretty deep into how to optimize your website. There’s a lot of energy in this one, and I’m surprised how much information I was able to cover; it should be enjoyable. The video is posted here, and to go along with the video is another one of my colorful presentations.

Faster Websites! Kill! Kill! - Mike Wilcox

Video: The History of HTML5

Friday, May 14th, 2010

One of the two videos from the May 4th meeting is posted. My presentation on The History of HTML5 is available here. Also see the presentation.

A reminder that Club AJAX is using the awesome BetterVideo™ player and hosting. The player has been updated with new controls (fullscreen) and social tools, so you can post the video via email, Twitter, Facebook, or grab the code and post it on your page.

Big Bang Theory – Best Line of the Year

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

On Monday night’s Big Bang Theory, Sheldon’s nemesis Wil Wheaton returns and their respective teams engage in a bowling match. Upon hearing that Wheaton will be on the other team (as pictured left), Sheldon stands up, faces him and says:

Wil Wheaton…

The Green Goblin to my Spider-man.

The Pope Paul V to my Galileo.

The Internet Explorer to my Firefox.

And there ya go. You were wondering what that picture was doing on the Club AJAX blog, weren’t you?