Aleksandar • Vacić

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Clean sweep in Indian Wells

Ana Ivanović won her first title in 2008, Novak Ɖoković continued his fantastic season with second major title.

Ana Ivanović, celebrating good point in the final
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Novak, clearly relieved to have won
Photo by: Getty Images

Indian Wells is probably the most important tournament apart from the Grand Slams and our little country got both singles titles. With Nenad Zimonjić playing in the men’s doubles final and Jelena Janković losing to Ana in the semi-final, this week was great week for Serbian tennis.

Ana’s victory was almost straight-forward. She maintained the lead and never gave Kuznetsova any chance. I watch her play for several years, she is truly at her best so far, especially on the mental side of the game.

Men final was different, with ups and downs for both players but with Novak keeping the lead…until the middle of the second set, when he really crumbled. I think he meant it’s closing time and Fish showed remarkable resilience and played like on fire. The key moment was Novak’s 1st serve game in the third set. He was 0:40 down and then fired 3 aces and one service winner. Those 3 aces must have stayed in Mardy’s memory for some time as he made several mistakes in his next serve game and Novak built 3:0 lead which was enough to the end.

In a country without any tennis center, with little - if any - government help and effort, these people became Serbia’s greatest sport ambassadors. They did it on their own and I bow to them for it.

That annoying neighbor

Apple’s approach to Windows - that whatever exists there is crap and it’s our mission to offer a glass of water to those in hell - continues with interesting push technique.

First there was iTunes - yet another media player, one of many with its own idea about the interface. Microsoft is not less guilty here, with each new version of Windows Media Player bringing yet another graphical experiment that has no connection to actual OS interface. Then, with iTunes 7 (can’t really remember which minor version) came Apple’s Software Update. It controlled QuickTime and iTunes, since they came bundled together.

Now it seems that Safari is being pushed through it, even when you did not have it at all.

IE8 test: z-index problem is no more

I have updated my z-index tutorial with tests in IE8 beta 1. There was nothing new to write as IE8 correctly passed all tests and rendered test cases according to CSS2.1 spec. The horrible z-index scripting trickery I used to control complicated layouts (like on boylesports.com) will not be required in few years.

I took the opportunity to add some screenshots of reference rendering vs IE6/7 rendering, to make it easier on those just casually reading to see what the errors are (previously you needed to open the pages in IE6/7 to actually see what is wrong).

Additionally, IE8 also supports :after, which I use for float clearing.

As it is, there will be no need for ie8.css hidden under conditional comments. Yipi! :)

IE8 beta1 ships, standardista rejoys

What an exciting times…

One theme I hope developers notice here is interoperability. The team understands how big an impact differences between browsers (and previous versions of IE in particular) have had on developers in terms of wasted time, frustration, and (in some cases) limiting the experience that they deliver to users. We want to deliver a big step forward in real-world interoperability for developers with IE8, and standards are at the core of our approach. This topic deserves a lot more than just this paragraph; expect more soon.

To read something like this on IE team blog page makes me warm in heart. With the previous announcement that IE8 will push the standards as hard as it can (and Microsoft certainly can) this is genuinely warming. The amount of cursing I do regarding IE7 is several orders of magnitude less than what I do with IE6. I genuinely believe IE8 will be a pleasure to test and develop. Yes, I’m hoping on the hype bandwagon, full speed. IE developer center is an active place as it was back in IE4 days, when Microsoft was in its best days.

There are three main points that trouble me with IE7, listed by annoying factor.

z-index positioning contexts: I will test and re-test my z-index tutorial in IE8 and update it accordingly. This is the single most infuriating quibble I have left with IE and the main reason I still have to use IE7.css under conditional comments.

Another issue I’m looking forward to check is does IE8 support :after and :before in line with other browsers, so at least float clearing will not be an issue anymore. min-height:0 does the job in IE7, abusing the content box expanding bug. Speaking of which…

Third issue is exactly that: if the content I have in particular box can’t fit in it, it should stick out and overlap the neighboring content; it should not expand the whole box thus destroying my lovely float-based layouts.

If these things are done properly…man, would I be a singing web developer then.