Got home today after a busy day with my webstudents – thought I’d do a little bit of catching up on some online news. Reading some tweets – I could not quite believe it…. Molly once again managed to blow my mind, in a good and a bad way…
First bit of news is that Molly now calls herself an Opera Singer :) – meaning she has joined Opera – her role will be (in her own words): “evangelism and outreach for standards and an open, accessible, multi-modal Web”. She sounds happy and excited to be joining talents like Jon Hicks and is looking forward to her new work. Wishing you all the very best, Molly :-)
The second bit of news came as quite a shock – Microsoft have gone back on their word. After having been heavily criticised by individual developers and by the standards community for their initial proposal of an opt-in opt-out implementation of standards support in IE8 – Microsoft announced that they would ship IE8 in standards compliant mode by default which at the time was a great relief and seemed like a real step forward for Microsoft who had been making any web designer / webdeveloper’s life hell with the stagnant and badly flawed IE6. We were all positively impressed and looked forward to this new version coming out. Was it actually possible that we were moving forward, getting closer to the web standards?
Now however – it seems that announcement had been no more than a distraction technique - Microsoft insist on holding back standards support once more, slowing us all down, adding yet again more browsers to support and test in, more inconsistencies and complications…According to the blog post titled “Compatibility View Improvements to come in IE8” by Scott Dickens it is now clear that the promised default standard support will not be implemented as we had hoped. And it does not end there but gets worse! IE8 will now actually blacklist sites when the compatibility button is used, forcing IE7 rendering. The implications of this are enormous – and my head is too tired to even get started here… But I do want to leave you with a few related links worth reading:
- IE8 Blacklist: forcing standards rendering opt-in
(isolani, Mike Davies)
- Beyond DOCTYPE: Web Standards, Forward Compatibility, and IE8
(ALA, Aaron Gustafson)
- Version Targeting: Threat or Menace?
(ALA, Jeffrey Zeldman)
- From Switches to Targets: A Standardista’s Journey
(ALA, Eric Meyer)