Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 23:26 UTC, submitted by inkslinger
Internet Explorer Recently, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8, which boasted much better standards compliance than previous iterations of the browser. While it passed the Acid2 test, IE8 failed miserably in the Acid3 test, and many people criticised Microsoft for it. Microsoft Australia's Nick Hodge has stated that Microsoft purposefully decided not to support Acid3, because the test tests against draft standards.
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I actually agree SVG is an important technology - but I have the same trepidation about it's use I have for flash, since open/closed so far as standards means shit to me.

Just as flash is ABUSED for things like headers, text replacement, navigation and other applications where it is an accessability fail and bloats out the page needlessly, SVG runs the same risk. In a lot of cases it will be a bandwidth saver where vectors are smaller than fixed images and will resize better - and I'm all for that... The problem is in a lot of cases it's just going to be used and abused by people who have no business designing websites in the first place - you know, the people commonly known as 'flashtards'. After all there's a reason it's called flash and not substance.

As to transparent png, all supporting that does is increase the sizes of websites up into the stratosphere, as if we don't have enough of that drek already with many websites peaking out over a megabyte all to deliver under 2k of text content... Then trying to use technologies like Ajax, flash (and soon SVG) to try and save bandwidth or compensate for CSS being 'too hard' to understand, and instead accomplishing the exact opposite. (Have a look at the steaming pile of manure known as the code behind the latest incarnation of hotmail for an example of bloating out a page and making it slower in the name of saving bandwidth and increasing speed!).

Rarely are alpha transparent .png neccessary for a layout, and usually result in fat bloated rubbish that just costs bandwidth for something that can usually be pre-composited... The only people that REALLY give a flying fig about alpha .png are the same art faygala's who forget that users do not visit websites for fancy bandwidth chewing layouts crammed full of "gee ain't it neat" technologies like flash banners.

Users visit websites for the content - frankly if you are kvetching over alpha .png, the site in question is probably not doing all that well in that department as more time is being spent on goofy graphics than anything of value the end user might actually visit the site for.

Oh, and don't forget IE has supported palettized transparent .png since IE4... The only REAL complaint I have about .png is that it doesn't color-match becuase the artificial gamma correction IE applies to .gif, .jpg and CSS/HTML color values is not applied to .png - oh noes, I might have to use a .gif or .jpg - aah, it's the end of the world...


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