Category: Browsers

AOL Explorer doesn’t suck

AOL explorer has made some interesting progress and although some may scoff at the idea AOL Explorer seems to be a fairly capable browser. Built on top of the rendering infrastructure of Internet Explorer the AOL browser experience provides many features of a modern design and some features that go beyond the two popular browsers. […]

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Web 3.0 to do list

There are a number of things that you still can’t do on the web. This is the to-do-list to continue the convergence of desktop and web applications. Handle file types for opening – a file double clicked from the desktop should be able to open up a web application Handle saving back to the desktop […]

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IE7 Beta 3

A few months ago I posted about Ie7 beta 2. Yesterday beta 3 came out and I took it for a whirl. Overall it has some improvements (most of these seem to be following in the steps of Firefox.) -Tab re-ordering has been added. This allows users to drag tabs to re-order. Unfortunately dragging a […]

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RIML – Reduced Instruction Markup Language

Traditional HTML is a “complex instruction set” language. It’s got tons of tags, properties, and semantic definitions. What if there was a reduced instruction set markup language. The idea would be to come up with primitives that could be used to layout a page and try to design the language with the minimal set to […]

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Don’t punish the back button

The back button on the browser is one of the most used buttons in the browser. It’s used far more often then Stop, Refresh and Forward combined. It’s incredibly useful for getting back to a recently viewed page or canceling a navigation that you didn’t mean to make. Unfortunately some website are punishing users for […]

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Next Gen Web 2.0 still a few years away

Anyone who has seen or played with Flock may tend to believe that the future of web browsers is in service integration. While this will certainly happen to some extent I believe the larger integration won’t be with services but rather with the desktops of the users running those browsers. The current web-experience is limited […]

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Why IE isn’t standards compliant

I recently read a post that whines about the fact that Internet Explorer isn’t standards compliant. Boo hoo. Of course it isn’t standards compliant and if people understood how business works we could get IE to be strict on standards in 8 months. To understand why IE isn’t standards compliant you need to understand how […]

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Text size vs. Zoom

Learning how to speak like a developer can help user interface designers and usability people create better software. One of the common problems is that the language a developer uses has subtle meanings in terms of technical considerations. As a simple example let’s take Internet Explorer. There is a function called “Text Size” with options […]

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Uncommon controls

Uncommon controls I received an email a few weeks ago from Sergio asking me about filter controls. I didn’t get the light bulb of the idea until today. Sergio was interested in creating a more standard image to set users expectations of how a text box will behave with filters. This got me thinking that […]

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Testing IE6 on Vista Using Virtual PC

If you’re a web developer you may need to test on IE6, Firefox and IE7 while running Vista. The last two are easy the first one is a little trickier. Here are the steps needed: Download Virtual PC 2004 Download the Internet Explorer 6 Testing VPC Image Unzip and setup everything and launch Virtual PC. […]

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