Buzz Archives: DOM
The IE9 “developer previews” continue to impress. HTML5, CSS3, & speed improvements FTW!
By Aaron Gustafson | June 28th, 2010
- IE8 Has Arrived
With a greater focus on standards-compliance, it seems possible that Microsoft’s latest browser may redeem itself in the eyes of standards-savvy designers and developers.
By Aaron Gustafson | March 20th, 2009
- Acid3 nearing completion
If you’re a fan of the Acid browser tests, you already know that Acid3 is in the works. It’s now in a “final review” state, so please check it out and submit your feedback.
By Kimberly Blessing | February 5th, 2008
- Opting-in to standards support
In this week’s issue of A List Apart, I was (finally) able to reveal Microsoft’s new strategy for forward-compatibility, a strategy that was developed hand-in-hand with several of us here at WaSP.
By Aaron Gustafson | January 22nd, 2008
- London: Shawn Lawton Henry on WCAG 2.0
Organised by the RNIB, Shawn Lawton Henry will be talking about WCAG 2.0 at Westminster University, New Cavendish campus on Tuesday 5th June 7pm.
By Mike Davies | May 28th, 2007
- A band-aid for browsers
By Jeremy Keith | March 26th, 2007
- Which is better for the web: single vendor homogeneity, or OSS/Web 2.0-style innovation?
By Ben Henick | March 12th, 2007
By Mike Davies | December 12th, 2006
- 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
- Video Presentation: Douglas Crockford on the “Theory of the DOM”
By Christian Heilmann | October 18th, 2006
- Event Handling versus Event Delegation
It is not new, but it still is rather clever: In order to avoid having to add event handlers to each and every element you want to monitor, you can use one single handler on a parent element and let browser event bubbling do the rest of the work for ...
By Christian Heilmann | September 24th, 2006
- Detecting when good fonts change size
Designing for the web is challenging enough, but when you need to take into account scaling font-sizes, it can quickly become a nightmare. The common wisdom is to design your pages to accomodate fonts two sizes up and two sizes down from the default, but with this new script from two clever Yahoo! blokes, your can get way more clever.
By Aaron Gustafson | September 12th, 2006
The Web Standards Group (not to be confused with the Web Standards Project) is a grassroots organisation based in Australia dedicated to promoting web standards and accessibility. The organisation's activities have now spread to the other side of the world. The first Web Standards Group event in London was held last ...
By Jeremy Keith | July 18th, 2006
By Jeremy Keith | July 3rd, 2006
By Jeremy Keith | June 23rd, 2006
By Mike Davies | June 12th, 2006
- IBM Endorses Dojo and Lends Accessibility Support
By James Craig | June 6th, 2006
- A DOM Scripting Wishlist for Microsoft
By Jeremy Keith | April 30th, 2006
- Print-ready poster: separation in a nutshell
Natalie Jost put together a print-ready poster, available as a PDF file, which describes the benefit of standards-friendly development techniques in a visual way. It's behind a link within the entry in question. Try it, you might like it. It's one of those "I wish I'd thought of that" ...
By Ben Henick | April 17th, 2006
- Painless Node Creation with DOM Builder
Dan Webb’s DOM Builder takes the finickiness out of standards-based markup generation.
By Jeremy Keith | April 14th, 2006
- DOM Builder
Now here’s a script we can get behind… Dan Webb’s DOM Builder combines the ease of innerHTML with the precision of DOM methods.
By Jeremy Keith | April 13th, 2006
- Trying to explain the differences between DHTML and DOM scripting with an example
A summary of the issues around DHTML, and the value behind DOM Scripting.
By Christian Heilmann | March 29th, 2006
- Cross-Browser Comparison of Scripting Libraries
A scorecard of scripting libraries.
By Christian Heilmann | March 6th, 2006
- Quick Explanation of the Object Literal
By Christian Heilmann | February 17th, 2006
- Yahoo Releases its User Interface Library
Graded Browser Support, design patterns library, user interface library. Its been a busy day over at the Yahoo Developer Network.
By Jeremy Keith | February 14th, 2006
getElementsByTagNames() returns elements with several tag names in the order they appear in the document.
By Peter-Paul Koch | January 30th, 2006
- Shorter DOMScripting via Cloning vs. Generating New Elements?
Is cloning nodes quicker than generating new elements?
By Christian Heilmann | January 6th, 2006
By Chris Kaminski | December 29th, 2005
By Jeremy Keith | December 27th, 2005
- 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
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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