Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

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.

Apple fixes MacBook Pro graphic issues

Last night I installed the 341MB System Update 10.5.2 and then Leopard Graphics update (48MB).

The size of the update re-iterates my belief that Leopard release was rushed with Apple cutting corners wherever it could to get it by end of October. 10.5.1 fixed only the most glaring issues - this looks to be much closer to what final version was supposed to be.

The most important issue fixed (for me) is the severe graphics problems that plagued nVidia 8600-based MBPs (like mine 2.2GHz model). As soon as the update finished installing (graphics update has several restarts during installation) I ran iDVD.

Preview of the 7.0 theme (Revolution) based DVD interface, with videos in the background drop-zone, now works without problems and creating the DVD image also worked.

Now I can finally finish my wedding DVD. :)

Ana I

Ana Ivanović, smiling after losing AO '08
Photo by: Getty Images

She may have lost the title (this time), but have captured the hearts of millions. I have no doubt that this will be the year when she will win at least on of the Grand Slams. If I have to pick, I would choose Wimbledon.

After years and years of great success of the Serbian teams in the group sports, it seems comes a time for the individual achievements. Novak Ɖoković has good chance to win his first Grand Slam, Jelena Janković is always there, two steps from glory and Janko Tipsarević is shaping up into serious contender, after years of stumbling.

This will be a joyous ATP and WTA tour to watch.

DOCTYPE switch, part II

This is going to be one of the most linked to ALA articles and the source of controversy and dicsussion in months (years) to come.

There must have been thunderous complaints that Microsoft received from big enterprise clients. I do not see what else would drive them to look for a solution like this.

I read it twice and still can’t decide is this good or bad. On one hand, it is a way to prevent urgent evening calls from clients that some customers are reporting site is not looking ok. In the past, I frequently stated this is not a problem for me, but I can understand that it is not something everyone would accept.

It saddens me a bit that cleaning up the web will not be a viable future at all. If IE8 has gone fully standard-oriented, I assumed that in 8-10 years majority of web sites on the Internet would be standard-compliant. It might still be that way…

At least the basis (IE8, FF3, Safari 3) would be good.