Buzz Archives: Browsers
WaSP Emeritus (and former fearless leader) Molly Holzschlag is settling into her new position at Microsoft this week and has begun reporting from the trenches with an overview of what she’ll be doing while she’s there.
By Aaron Gustafson | April 2nd, 2007
- A band-aid for browsers
By Jeremy Keith | March 26th, 2007
- Talking with Microsoft about IE.next
I was in Redmond on Friday to meet with a few folks on the Internet Explorer team to discuss improvements we (as in the WaSP DOM Scripting and Microsoft task forces, and the JS Ninjas) wanted to see in IE.next.
By Aaron Gustafson | February 4th, 2007
- Current and Upcoming CSS3 Support in Opera
Here’s a look at CSS3 support and upcoming support in the Opera desktop browser.
By Molly E. Holzschlag | January 22nd, 2007
- You can improve IE.next
If you’ve ever wanted the opportunity to tell Microsoft what they should do with IE next, now is the time.
By Aaron Gustafson | November 4th, 2006
- Microsoft predicts swift adoption of IE7
Earlier this week, Chris Wilson of the IE team revealed some numbers he feels point to a swifter adoption of IE7 than previously thought.
By Aaron Gustafson | October 28th, 2006
- Browser Updates for October 2006
Microsoft’s IE7 is out, Firefox 2 is on the horizon… and is there still room for Opera?
By Kimberly Blessing | October 20th, 2006
- Video Presentation: Douglas Crockford on the “Theory of the DOM”
By Christian Heilmann | October 18th, 2006
By Dean Edwards | September 21st, 2006
- IE7: The List is In
A comprehensive list of bug fixes, implementations and developer/designer resources for IE7 has been published by Markus Mielke of Microsoft (and also a member of the W3C CSS Working Group) on the IEBlog today.
By Molly E. Holzschlag | August 22nd, 2006
The recent discussion of plug-in implementation, here and elsewhere, points to broader issues that affect everyone who is invested in web standards adoption.
By Ben Henick | August 18th, 2006
As expected, Flash and such are proven a controversial topic.
By Ben Henick | August 17th, 2006
- Safari for Windows?
By Chris Kaminski | August 9th, 2006
- Firefox Security Update
Firefox has issued an update for its browser across all platforms to improve security and stability.
By Molly E. Holzschlag | July 28th, 2006
- IE6: the end is (hopefully) near
Hot on the heels of the IE7 Βeta 3 release, Microsoft has announced plans to roll out the final standalone version of IE7 via its Automatic Update service.
By Aaron Gustafson | July 26th, 2006
- Firefox 2 Beta 1: Live Today
Within minutes of this post being published, Mozilla will be rolling out the Firefox 2 Beta 1 release. This is a developer preview release of Firefox, and includes a number of interface and technology implementations, changes and upgrades.
By Molly E. Holzschlag | July 12th, 2006
- Lessons that the standardization process can teach us
Over at Six Apart they’re working to turn Trackback into a standard, and WaSP emeritus Anil Dash shares some of the wisdom he’s gained from the process. Some of the points he makes have bearing on the things we’re trying to accomplish over here at WaSP…
By Ben Henick | May 1st, 2006
- A DOM Scripting Wishlist for Microsoft
By Jeremy Keith | April 30th, 2006
- Browser Junkies, Get a New Fix
Mozilla announce early alpha of Firefox 2, codenamed Bon Echo
By Ian Lloyd | March 22nd, 2006
- IE 7 Beta Preview 2 Out Now
Microsoft announce release of IE 7 beta 2 after which no more CSS fixes will be addressed – this is as far as it goes for version 7.
By Ian Lloyd | March 21st, 2006
- Microsoft IE7 Progress: Sneak Preview of MIX06 Release
I'm sitting here with Malarkey and Markus Mielke in Mandelieu, a beautiful town in the south of France. We're here attending the W3C Technical Plenary and Markus has been kind enough to give us a sneak preview of the IE7 release that's expected for the MIX06 event. We've been looking ...
By Molly E. Holzschlag | March 5th, 2006
- Yahoo! Developers: Setting a Standard for the New Professionalism
In an article published Monday, February 13, 2006, Yahoo! Senior Web Developer Nate Koechley outlines the Yahoo! concept of Graded Browser Support. The approach is a work of art so beautiful and sensible it literally made me weep for joy. In light of ongoing discussion regarding a new professionalism for Web ...
By Molly E. Holzschlag | February 14th, 2006
!importantFixed in Later IE7 Releases
It was brought to my attention today that the IE7 Beta 2 Preview wasn't honoring the role of the !important declaration and as such was causing alternative box model hacks to fail. !important is important for several important reasons. First is the very reason !important exists, which is to ...
By Molly E. Holzschlag | February 3rd, 2006
- IE7 Beta 2 Preview Available to the Public
Microsoft today made Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 PREVIEW available to the public. Along with the download, they've posted a Developer and Web Developer Checklist to help you evaluate your sites, as well as the browser. Time to get to work! Happy testing... and don't forget to submit your feedback.
By Kimberly Blessing | January 31st, 2006
- Star HTML and Microsoft IE7
Chris Wilson, Group Program Manager for IE Platform and Security at Microsoft, and Position is Everything's Big John Gallant have been having a conversation about * html in Microsoft's upcoming Internet Explorer 7 for Windows (IE7). Wilson has been encouraging CSS designers and developers to repair any bug-specific hacks ...
By Molly E. Holzschlag | December 22nd, 2005
- A Final End to IE/Mac
Microsoft has announced that they will cease all support for IE/Mac as of December 31, 2005 and will cease all distribution of the software on January 31, 2006. While IE/Mac has become something of a red-headed stepchild in the past couple years, it has a proud history of standards-related achievements, most ...
By Chris Kaminski | December 19th, 2005
- The Bad Old Days Linger On
Most professional web developers understand why browser sniffing sucks, and have long since moved on to more robust techniques like object or property testing to make their sites degrade gracefully in less-capable user agents. But apparently Yahoo! Music didn't get the memo: their site still sniffs browsers, urging Firefox users ...
By Chris Kaminski | December 12th, 2005
- Microsoft Tweaks IE’s Handling of ActiveX, Java
Microsoft has announced that they'll be changing the way IE handles ActiveX controls and Java applets to avoid liability in the Eolas patent suit. The suit, you'll recall, is about a patent held by the University of California and licenced to a company called Eolas. The patent ostensibly covers embedding multimedia ...
By Chris Kaminski | December 4th, 2005
- Pandora’s Box (Model) of CSS Hacks And Other Good Intentions
This Thanksgiving I’ve decided it’s about time that I provided some more background and analysis on one of the things I am certainly unintentionally (in)famous for.
By Tantek Çelik | November 27th, 2005
- IE7 Conditional Comments
In mid October, the IE Blog urged developers to stop using CSS hacks to workaround IE's problems, and start relying on Microsoft's proprietary conditional comments. I wrote up my thoughts about the new syntax, and it seemed practical enough considering that IE7 is looking to address most of the reasons ...
By Dave Shea | November 3rd, 2005
- WaSP Microsoft Task Force Update: Upcoming Products, XAML, Acid2, SXSW, and IE7 Revealed
The WaSP Microsoft Task Force held another face-to-face meeting with available members on Tuesday. We met in a Starbucks along the waterfront in rainy Seattle. While the setting might have been a bit predictable, the conversation was unique and at times, very encouraging. WaSPs at the meeting were DL Byron ...
By Molly E. Holzschlag | November 2nd, 2005
The Web Standards Project is a grassroots coalition fighting for standards which ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.
By Aaron Gustafson | March 1st, 2013
Thanks to the hard work of countless WaSP members and supporters (like you), Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the web as an open, accessible, and universal community is largely the reality.
When The Web Standards Project (WaSP) formed in 1998, the web was the battleground in an ever-escalating war between two browser makers—Netscape and Microsoft—who were each taking turns “advancing” HTML to the point of collapse. You see, in an effort to one-up each other, the two browsers introduced new elements and new ways of manipulating web documents; this escalated to the point where their respective 4.0 versions were largely incompatible.
Realizing that this fragmentation would inevitably drive up the cost of building websites and ran the risk of denying users access to content and services they needed, Glenn Davis, George Olsen, and Jeffrey Zeldman co-founded WaSP and rallied an amazing group of web designers and developers to help them push back. The WaSP’s primary goal was getting browser makers to support the standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
In 2001, with the browser wars largely over, WaSP began to shift its focus. While some members continued to work with browser vendors on improving their standards support, others began working closely with software makers like Macromedia to improve the quality of code being authored in tools such as Dreamweaver. And others began the hard slog of educating web designers and developers about the importance of using web standards, culminating in the creation of WaSP InterAct, a web curriculum framework which is now overseen by the W3C.
Thanks to the hard work of countless WaSP members and supporters (like you), Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the web as an open, accessible, and universal community is largely the reality. While there is still work to be done, the sting of the WaSP is no longer necessary. And so it is time for us to close down The Web Standards Project.
Many (if not all) of us are continuing to work in the world of web standards, but our work is now largely outside the umbrella of WaSP. If you are interested in continuing to work on web standards-related projects along with us, we humbly suggest you follow these projects:
- A List Apart – The magazine “for people who make websites” is run by WaSP founder Jeffrey Zeldman and is a consistent source of forward-thinking articles and tutorials.
- HTML5 Doctor – A solid resource and discussion forum on all things HTML5, brought to you by Bruce Lawson and his team.
- W3C Community Groups – If you have a passion for a specific web technology, you can help make it better by participating in one (or more) community groups. In particular, you might be interested in one of these: Core Mobile Web Platform, Responsive Images, Web Education, and Web Media Text Tracks.
- WebPlatform.org – A fantastic web standards resource, providing up-to-date documentation, Q&As, tutorials & more. Chris Mills, Doug Schepers, and a number of other standards advocates are involved in this project.
- Web Standards Sherpa – An educational resource founded by WaSP which continues to operate under the leadership of Chris Casciano, Virginia DeBolt, Aaron Gustafson, and Emily Lewis.
- Web Standards + Small Business – An outreach project started by WaSP that educates small businesses about why they should care about web standards. This project is overseen by Aaron Gustafson.
The job’s not over, but instead of being the work of a small activist group, it’s a job for tens of thousands of developers who care about ensuring that the web remains a free, open, interoperable, and accessible competitor to native apps and closed eco-systems. It’s your job now, and we look forward to working with you, and wish you much success.
Nota bene: In the near future, we will be making a permanent, static archive of webstandards.org and some of our other resources like WaSP Interact to preserve them as a resource and to provide a record of our 15-year mission to improve the web.
Bruce Lawson and Steph Troeth contributed to this post.
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