Infrequently Noted

Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.


I'm presenting tonight over at PLUG. It'll be your average digital civil liberties talk with hopefully some good discussion. The slides are available as a PDF.


The netWindows developer mailing list. Comming to an inbox near you.


Mozilla 0.9.8 is out. Now if only this download would hurry up and finish.

0.2.3 Compressed

0.2.3 compressed is released. Why, you ask, would I want this over the regular 0.2.3 release? Glad you it just so happens, I have an answer for that:

lots of people notice the sheer size of netWindows when they first beign developing with it. Uncompressed, the core scripts weigh in at roughly 88K. That's bigger than most people want their entire page to be, let alone their DHTML API. The "compressed" versions of the codebase remove all whitespace and comments (and I mean all), reducing the size of the core scripts to a more manageable 54K. This is still pretty big, but keep in mind that the entire thing is cached in the browser so that each subsequent netWindows page in a given domain doesn't incurr the same penalty.

The compressed release is a direct replacement for your current netWindows installations, so just grab the archive, un(g)zip it and you're good to go!


Just loaded IE 5.1 for the Mac on my g/f's computer (as I'm Mac-less), and lo-and-behold, menus work correctly. In fact, most of the codebase appears to work with only visiual flaws. I'm so happy.

On the downside, I keep finding little things wrong with yesterday's 0.2.3 release. Grr.

I really need someone to help do release engineering with/for me, because by the time I think I've got a release done, i'm too tired and worn out to QA it properly. I test as I go, and I have test pages for everything, but the fact that I don't have someone who will go through a releae build and click on everything on a bunch of platforms and then get back to me in a timely fashion is kind of a pain. Hopefully the next release will be cleaner.

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