Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 26th Jun 2010 10:48 UTC
Internet Explorer Microsoft have released IE9 Platform Preview 3, an application that gives developers access to the IE9 rendering engine (it's not a full browser). In this update they have added hardware accelerated HTML5 Video, Canvas, Fonts (using WOFF) and big improvements in JavaScript with ES5, DOM Traversal, L2 and L3 events and 83/100 Acid3 score. It sits between Firefox and Chrome 6 on JavaScript speed, but outperforms every browser in real tests.
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RE: Curious
by Kroc on Sat 26th Jun 2010 16:59 UTC in reply to "Curious"
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Yes and no. My website still doesn’t work, but it has progressed. According to the HTML5 spec, the <html>, <head> and <body> tags are optional, and the <body> should be implied when the browser hits a tag that isn’t specific to <head>; IE doesn’t do this right, and in pp3 it does it, but incorrectly puts the HTML5 <header> into the <head> and not the <body>.

Before, I was not convinced they were serious about standards, especially since their announcement about H.264 was so vile (the wording was dishonest to the last period), but this new preview shows firm, measurable commitment to HTML5 and standards. The H.264 thing is a whole ’other battle that goes beyond the scope of just the web and I don’t see Microsoft moving away from H.264 any more than Apple would. For now, WebM will be available for use if installed by the user, and that will be increasingly likely given Google/YouTube.

I’ve been using HTML5 since 2008 and I’ve been advocating to people to get learning it _now_, because by the time IE9 comes, those developers that have sat around waiting for IE will already be left in the dust by developers like me who have been making the most of HTML5 for years already in better browsers. Microsoft will have a struggle getting comfortable IE developers to get a clue.

I firmly believe that HTML5 will be the new base standard by which things get done on the web and IE9 could therefore be a runaway hit.

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RE[2]: Curious
by Tuishimi on Sat 26th Jun 2010 18:30 in reply to "RE: Curious"
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I don't really like that aspect of the spec. I prefer it to be done explicitly. :/

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RE[3]: Curious
by Kroc on Sat 26th Jun 2010 20:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Curious"
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Do you complain that the image tag allows multiple codecs? If it stuck with one when it was invented, then we’d all still be using XBMs for images.

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