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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...

Firefox 4 infographic from Mozilla taunts IE9

Not one to let it lie (yes, Asa, we're looking at you), Mozilla's Technical Evangelist, Paul Rouget, has produced a fancy infographic that details just how much ass Firefox 4 kicks in comparison to IE9. If you're in a hurry, here's the summary: FIREFOX RULES; IE9 SUX. For detailed analysis, read on. For the most part Rouget relies in Firefox's pure, numerical superiority, rather than...

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...

MPEG LA chases its tail, says H.264 streaming will be free forever

MPEG LA, famous for nothing other than a portfolio of pretentiously pathetic patents, has finally taken a swing at the rapidly gaining popularity of its free-as-in-matted-beard competitor, WebM. Rather than running out in 2016, the license to stream H.264 will remain free forever. This is a reactionary move to battle the rallying of Mozilla, Google and Opera behind the WebM video standard. As...

Final Internet Explorer 9 preview released -- tons of fixes, speed-ups, and only 8 weeks until the beta

Slightly ahead of schedule, Microsoft has just squeezed out the fourth and final IE9 developer preview. From the outset, the news is much the same as the previous release: More hardware acceleration! Faster! More standards compliant! But there's some juicy stuff under the hood, too -- read on, if you want technical details. If you want developer-level stuff, check the IE team's new blog post....

Steve Jobs to Adobe: Get with the times

When Steve Jobs fires off a missive on the Apple site he's usually making a specific statement around a larger issue that we've all been discussing for months. Remember his rant against DRM when all the world called foul on FairPlay? Today Steve dropped a big ol' bomb into the Flash pool by stating Apple's frustrations with Adobe, Flash and their view of the mobile space. In the letter, Steve...

Internet Explorer 9 to support hardware acceleration of HTML5 canvas tag

It's already been pretty widely reported that Internet Explorer 9 will feature better support for standards -- including HTML5. We also know it's going to take advantage of your GPU via Direct2D and DirectWrite. Now, a blog post from the folks at AMD has revealed the IE9 will support Direct2D hardware acceleration for the <canvas> element. Here's what AMD's Robin Maffeo had to say: "The...

Internet Explorer 9 -- on standards, interoperability, CSS3 and HTML5

IE9 will make great leaps in standards compliance -- but not simply by following the standards executed by W3C. Instead, they have analyzed real-world use to see which API calls to implement, to reduce the amount of code developers have to write. In the keynote, they are now showing how Firefox, Chrome and IE9 all display rounded corners (CSS3) and execute addEventListener correctly. The...

Satan gets frostbite, security providers form coalition to fight malware

Remember the other day when I said I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the security providers join forces for the greater good? Sophos' Graham Cluely has this morning announced the formation of the Industry Connections Security Group under the umbrella of the IEEE Standards Association's Industry Connections program. Initially the group includes Sophos, Microsoft, Symantec, McAfee, AVG, and...

Much ado about Outlook 2010's lame HTML rendering

There's a minor uproar happening on Twitter over Microsoft's plans to continue using Word to render HTML email in Outlook 2010. Fixoutlook.org reports that nearly 8,000 people have signed a petition via Twitter to encourage Microsoft to change its mind and support web standards before the new version of Office leaves beta. To back up its claims, the site links to an HTML email message rendered...

Ask DLS: What do you make of IE8's giant incompatibility list?

It's no secret that Internet Explorer has a history of thumbing its nose at web standards. IE8 is supposed to change all that, bringing improved (how could it not be?) compliance. An unfortunate side effect, however, is that some sites that have been designed to display properly in IE7 (or older) don't look so hot in the new version. I particularly like one excerpt from the IEBlog: Site owners...

Internet Explorer 8 will support web standards by default

Back in January, Microsoft caused quite a stir when they announced that the default behavior of Internet Explorer 8 would be to render web pages the same way as they are rendered in IE 7. The problem with this? One of IE 8's most touted features is its web standards compliance and its passing of the Acid2 test. However, web developers and standards advocates were miffed at the idea that rendering...

Data standards for real estate listings

As Facebook and Google join DataPortability.org for streamlining the technologies and standards used with social applications, online real estate listings are quick not to be left behind. In an open letter to Yahoo, Google, Trulia and Zillow, the RETS community (Real Estate Transaction Standard) encouraged a data standard for real estate listings so that home sellers and others who list real...

Firefox's popularity repeats Microsoft's dominating mistakes all over again

It's fairly inarguable that Firefox needs to exist. Going back just a few years ago to when Mozilla introduced what would quickly become their flagship browser, much of the internet was in the equivalent of the digital dark ages. Netscape was struggling along after Internet Explorer had successfully derailed its efforts years ago, but even IE was suffering from a stagnating development process and...

Microsoft's Chris Wilson on IE7's standards support

ZDNet's Richard MacManus has conducted an interview with Chris Wilson, the Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft to discuss the IE7 standards issues that have popped up lately. Wilson recently posted in his blog about claims concerning IE7's non-compliance, essentially saying that today IE is, indeed, behind on standards, but that there is so far no unbiased test for compliance...