Can Microsoft take advantage of HTML 5?

Internet Explorer 8 will, most likely, employ a system called version targeting. The system seems to be well worked out. Issues with conditional comments aside, the method allows for faulty coded sites not to ‘break’. Many front-end authoring tools still implement faulty front-end code. Some of these tools come from Microsoft, what a pickle for them to be in.

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Grand Central freeze

This morning I was going through my feeds when I bumped into this fantastic little video, it made my morning. Members of an improvisation group, hundreds of them, planned that they would all stand still at exactly the same time creating a spectacular sight. The effect bewildered commuters not in on the act. You’re going about you business an suddenly most of the people around you freeze for no apparent reason whatsoever.

(thanks to the infamous swissmiss)

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Microsoft bids on Yahoo

Yes, I can’t believe it either, it’s happened, it’s real, it’s not a dream. Microsoft is offering Yahoo shareholders $44.6 billion to buy them out. The offer is tempting because it’s way more than Yahoo currently is worth. Now, you may also be wondering why do I care.

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Version, smersion

Okay peeps, this Microsoft version targeting nonsense is getting way out hand. Get a grip, please. Lets look at the good, the bad and what’s reality.

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MSIE targeting

Wow, the intertubes have been a buzz with the news of Microsoft’s browser version targeting system. I’m not going into the details, that would be superfluous. And it’s also clear that many are not happy about it. I for one feel very optimistic about Microsoft’s solution.

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Designing 2008

Ever since I started working with the web’s digital media I’ve been surprised by the lack of design. Not that there was no design, on the contrary, it’s just that it seemed to be driven by narrative and not also by functionality. Graphic designers and art directors still seem to have this skewed view of online media. The web, to this day, remains dominated by IT due to the amount of money needed to get projects realised. Many solutions found on the web are in concept driven by technology and not by narrative. Web design and web technology often don’t appear to be in balance. That is slowly changing because more budget is being made available to the front-end side of the business. This is in part due to the commoditization of basic web publication technologies and how users now use the Internet in a visceral way.

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Happy 2008

Happy New Year! All the best wishes for 2008. I’m personally still in Australia but will be back soon. I’ve blogged about my trip on my rant blog.

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Put that framework down and walk away!

Well, well, what heated heads we have on the web. Jeff Croft is not one to keep his mouth shut and I for one was surprised to see that it took this long for him to fire up his engines. Blueprint is an interesting approach which should be handled with some care but it certainly didn’t deserve the vitriol some have spewed upon it.

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Advertising on the BBC

It’s happened, it really happened, I just can’t believe it. The BBC is now running ads on their web portal. Only to users outside the UK, but still.

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Bad Comments

Oops. It looks like I had an error in my comment forms. The comment form preview always cleared half the form from the initial entry. The preview now remembers the entered values and commenting should be easier now. Pfft. My bad.

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