Infrequently Noted

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


Last Friday we sent Dave packing for Washington.

I guess that employers generally do a really poor job of acknowledging people for what they add (and I wish I were better than most, but I know in my gut that I'm not), and so I want to take just a minute now to thank David for a great summer.

It's not that often that you work with people whose taste you respect, and I think that taste in general is an under-appreciated quality among programmers that distinguishes entire echelons of programmers from one another. This summer I've had the good fortune to work closely with someone who has a good sense of programming taste.

Thanks Dave.

you don't own jack

Unlike large swaths of Europe where you (a data subject) are allowed to own data that pertains to you, the US is perpetually hung up on the concept of "privacy" and as a result, companies that collect data legally view it as their property (with patronizing exceptions). In essence, you are (to them) a captive revenue stream.

Looks like now they can also legally view you as a helpless schmuck based on the argument that you were a helpless schmuck anyway, and they're just doing you the favor of codifying it. Aren't corporations just the best friend a consumer could want?

more from dev day

One of the things I should link before I lose any memory of it is Bob Clary's Mozilla Spiders tool. Currently, the spiders are designed to point out JS and standards compliance errors, but the obvious next step is to use the event generation harness as a way to do in-browser unit testing without having to pay Segue obscene amounts of money for Silk.

better living through math

You can take so much away from this visualization of Bush's approval ratings that it's scary how effective it is.

(via BoingBoing)

dev day

Spent all day yesterday at the Mozilla Developer Day (hosted on Google's campus). There were several interesting topics presented related to 2D drawing, and I'm excited about a (grudging) commitment from the core Mozilla team to get at least some minimal SVG subset enabled in the 1.8-1.9 timeframe.

Other things happened, interesting people were met, and great discussions were had, but I will spare you (my beloved reader) all the boring details. The big take-away for me is that we are going to be able to abstract away at least SOME way to draw lines at arbitrary angles on every browser within the year. Expect the DHTML world to react with a burst of development the likes of which we haven't seen since '98.

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