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Relive the ugly years of the Web with IE6ify bookmarklet

People often forget just how much of a monopolistic juggernaut Microsoft once was: Internet Explorer 6, at its peak in 2004, thanks to its bundling with Windows XP, was used by almost 90% of Web surfers. Then a little miracle happened: Firefox 1 launched and IE has lost market share ever since. Today, just 12% of Internet surfers still use IE6 -- mostly thanks to China, South Korea and other...

Zen Coding high-speed HTML shorthand plug-in updated

Zen Coding made quite a splash when we first covered it almost a year ago. For those who aren't familiar, Zen is a fantastic form of shorthand for quickly hand-coding HTML. And today, a new version is out! Here are some of the goodies version 0.7 brings to the party: Text nodes: Writing something like a[href=/]{Click here} now works, and puts "Click here" within the link. New...

Adobe releases Flash-to-HTML5 converter 'Wallaby', doesn't do much yet

Adobe, in yet another move to shift its eggs into other baskets, has released an experimental Flash-to-HTML5 converter called Wallaby. The tool doesn't do much at the moment -- it just exports the assets used in the Flash project, and uses HTML and CSS to lay them out. It also creates a custom JavaScript library which seems to handle animation (but we couldn't get animation to work), and...

The Colour Clock, a beautiful marriage of HEX and time

With apologies to the linguistic sensitivities of any Americans that may be reading, feast your eyes upon The Colour Clock. Whether you're looking for colorific inspiration for a website you're designing, or merely looking for an attractive and easy to read clock, The Colour Clock is for you. By default you get the current time, but you can click a button to show the current HEX value of the...

Facebook to empower its massive mobile platform with HTML5

Facebook, which now has 125 million active iPhone and Android users, will set its focus on the mobile part of its platform this year. CTO Bret Taylor, speaking at the Inside Social Apps conference, said that emphasis will be on HTML5-powered solutions, to maximize impact across all of the smartphone platforms. Both iOS and Android have Web browsers capable of HTML5. The BlackBerry browser...

HTML5 now has an official logo, looks oddly reminiscent of Superman's leotard

In a rather curious development, HTML5 has garnered enough celebrity to warrant its own official logo. Its heraldic and angular appearance obviously represents HTML5's role as the resilient vanguard of the open Web -- or, on second thoughts, it may simply be a reference to Superman's S shield. Neither HTML4, HTML3, or indeed any version of HTML, has ever had its own logo before. There is an...

TitleQ for Firefox lets you easily move between blog and news headlines with your keyboard

Don't you just hate scrolling through blogs and news websites with front pages that go on for ever? Sure, scrolling with the mouse wheel, arrow keys, or Page Up and Down works, but it always feels a bit clunky. Sometimes you scroll a bit too far, or not far enough. The worst bit, though, is that annoying microsecond where your eyes have to hunt for the right block of text to read; you hit the...

Buildor Pro Web-authoring tool invites 300 Download Squad readers to early beta

Buildor Pro is a fantastic authoring tool for Web developers. It lets you inspect and tweak each element on an existing page -- much like Firebug, in a way, but not exactly. You can also use it to create entirely new designs and very quick mock-ups. What's interesting about it is that it manages to be browser-based and visual at the same time. Of course, coders don't always like to do everything...

24 Ways, the geeky Web developer advent calendar, is back for 2010

Back for its sixth year and as nerdy as ever, 24 ways gives you a delicious daily dose of design and development between the 1st and 24th of December. Almost every article has something to do with CSS or HTML, and it's definitely not targeted at beginners -- but if you work with websites, or you know someone that does, 24 ways is a must-read. The archives are fantastic, too, if only to see the...

Pandoc is a Swiss Army knife text conversion utility

I love Markdown. If you write any sort of content for the Web, you really should try it; it's a simple notation system for making text bold or italic, creating headlines and bulleted lists, and more. To make text bold, for example, you just need to surround it with asterisks. Converting Markdown into valid HTML is a fairly common task, and there's no dearth of tools that do this. But Pandoc...

Mozilla Labs launches its first Open Web Games competition: Game On 2010

After teasing us earlier this month, Mozilla Labs has now opened its doors on the Game On 2010 competition. Other than the stipulation that the front-end of the game uses only Open Web technologies -- HTML, CSS, and JavaScript -- anything goes. No plug-ins or add-ons can be used, but the back-end server-side portion, if the game requires it, can be written in any language. Games will be...

elRTE is a comprehensive, free rich text editor for the Web

Formatting text for the Web is an ongoing quest. HTML has a fairly steep learning curve, but people still need to blog, comment, and somehow format text. Personally, I'm a huge Markdown fan. In my opinion, if you're trying to write a blog post with formatting that can't be expressed in Markdown you're putting too much emphasis on the formatting. Still, not everyone likes Markdown, and sometimes...

CodeBurner puts Web language reference information at your fingertips

CodeBurner is a neat tool for rapidly checking a ton of CSS and HTML reference information, including compatibility, functionality, and more. It's available as a Firefox add-on or a Firebug plug-in, and as an Adobe AIR application, OS X Dashboard Widget, or Opera add-on. I tested the Firebug variant, because I use Firebug for all of my Web debugging needs. And indeed, CodeBurner adds a nice,...

Check out some awesome HTML5 audio demos with Firefox 4 (video)

With so much continued competition surrounding the HTML5 video and canvas tags, one of the other major additions to the HTML5 specification has been all but forgotten by the media: HTML5 audio. Fortunately, the bearded magicians at Mozilla have slightly more foresight than we blood-seeking bloggers, and as a result Firefox 4 has a very cool new addition: the Audio Data API. If you don't have...

Nice entity is a beautiful, quick reference for HTML entities

nice entity is a slick, clean website that does just one thing and does it well. It's a large, interactive table that shows all HTML entities and it lists each with its Unicode character and entity text. To the uninitiated, HTML entities are little pieces of text that you may use instead of punctuation that would otherwise be "confusing" for the computer or break the page. For example, a "greater...