IE 8 Proprietary CSS Attributes
IE 8 will have a number of proprietary CSS attributes. Not a big surprise, all the major browsers have them. It’s a way to have support for a) stuff that is truly proprietary to that browser, b) stuff that they want to support but the CSS3 spec isn’t completed yet, or c) stuff that IE 8 will only be partially supporting. Of particular controversy? “-ms-overflow-x/y”. We have pretty good consistent support of the overflow-x/y property (even works in IE 6? But not Opera), and adding another proprietary attribute in there is going to be a pain in the ass. I’d like to see proprietary border-radius attributes!
Status Updates (iPhone interface, Timeline, more…)
Since we launched Status, we’ve been constantly making improvements to the design and functionality. One big new feature is that we finished up the iPhone Interface! If you have an account, just head to the iPhone area. The iPhone interface is just one of five ways to check in to Status. All they ways are detailed on our Ways to Check In page. The iPhone interface features a “Timeline” view in addition to the regular group view. This just shows the latest updates from all members, even if there are multiple updates from the same member (more like Twitter-style). The web interface now features a toggle for Timeline view as well.
Since I use Coda as my main development tool (as you may have noticed from my screencasts), I’ve been slowly getting into the “Clips” feature. Clips is one of those transparent-gray floaty windows you can quickly toggle on and off where you can store commonly used bits of code and insert on your pages with a single click. Quite the time-saver. You are able to export your clips, for backing up or to share with friends, as well as import clips. Wanna beef up your library? Check out the website Coda Clips with a growing collection of clip files to get started with.
History of the browser user-agent string
Funny, well-told, and ultimately sad story of the history of the user-agent string. This has been coming up quite a bit again with all the iPhone development going on. Apple doesn’t want you to “sniff” out the iPhone/Touch and serve it up special pages, it wants access to the entire regular web. They suggest clearly offering iPhone-optimized versions of a website, but not forcing it upon users. Probably a good idea.