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IE9 Beta Webcast: Tune in

September 15th, 2010

Since March, many of you have downloaded the IE9 platform preview builds and visited the Test Drive site.  Your thoughtful feedback in the comments here and in the bugs you’ve logged in Connect is helping to make a better IE9. On Wednesday, 10:30am PST, you can tune in to a web cast to learn more about…

Performance: What Common Benchmarks Measure

September 14th, 2010

Many enthusiasts want a fast browser, and they want to consistently and easily measure the performance of different browsers. There are lots of “benchmarks” in the history of software, and lots of benchmarks around browsers. The challenge with benchmarks is generally understanding what the benchmark measures and deciding whether those measurements are important to customers,…

Case Study: YourPublicMedia.org

September 14th, 2010

Yourpublicmedia.org is a curated news and arts portal built by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) that is dedicated to promoting high quality, local/regional content that is created by non-profit organizations from around Connecticut including: Connecticut Public Broadcasting (CPTV/WNPR) and a number of community partners including the Connecticut Historical Society, the CT Mirror (an independent,…

Release the Kraken

September 14th, 2010

Editor’s note: On Sept. 14, Mozilla released a new JavaScript benchmark named Kraken. For more details, check out Rob Sayre’s announcement, reposted below. We’re pleased to announce the first version of Kraken, a new browser benchmark. More than Sunspider, V8, and Dromaeo, Kraken focuses on realistic workloads and forward-looking applications. We believe that the benchmarks…

Web Standards: from Working Draft to Recommendation

September 14th, 2010

Complete Web Standards with multiple browser implementations and comprehensive test suites are the backbone of the interoperable Web. Getting web standards through the complete standardisation process and turned into official W3C Recommendations takes a lot of effort. While it is tempting to view the latest editor’s draft of a specification as a “standard”, a large…

Interoperable HTML Parsing in IE9

September 14th, 2010

The HTML parser is an important part of how we deliver on same markup because it plays a vital role in how the DOM is constructed.  Therefore, it also plays a big role in how any DOM API or CSS rule is applied.  While we’ve talked a lot about some of the high-profile API improvements…

New Presto update, and good news from the desktop team

September 13th, 2010

Here’s another snapshot with mostly Core/Presto updates. Bumping the Presto version number to 2.6.35. In addition to various fixes, it adds support for the updated Big5-HKSCS standard, and there is a known issue you may want to watch out for, where the progress bar does not disappear until you hover the user interface (DSK-313018). There…

Add-ons, Measuring Performance

September 13th, 2010

After our recent posts on add-ons performance and installation experiences, we’ve seen some questions from developers. This post answers a few of the more common questions, and offers suggestions about what developers can do to improve the add-on experience. In this post, we described what IE measures (e.g. the impact of each add-on on page…

Henrik Danielsson (TwoD)

September 12th, 2010

He may not be known to everyone yet. Henrik Danielsson (TwoD) suddenly appeared out of nowhere approximately 18 months ago and started to post a couple of pretty solid patches to Wysiwyg module’s queue. In case you do not know the Wysiwyg module yet: It allows you to integrate any kind of client-side content editor…

Redesign Update: Sprint 2 and 3

September 11th, 2010

The Drupal.org redesign team has made significant progress in the two sprints since our last update. Since beginning work with the contractor team, we have completed over 50 issues related to the Drupal redesign. We’ve also created a volume of documentation and posts related to our community initiatives and the redesign implementers group. We also…