Atlas Comments

Last night I looked a bit at Atlas and its Quick Start tutorials. With the risk of sounding like I hate Microsoft I’ll write down some thoughts… Atlas is nice. I really like a lot of it. There are tons of things that I don’t like but the initial reaction is that this might end ...

IE7 and XMLHttpRequest

Over at the IE Blog: IE 7 implements a native XMLHTTPRequest object for Javascript applications, instead of requiring an ActiveXObject to be created. This also means XMLHTTPRequest will function on machines that have ActiveX disabled. Thank you Dean.

JavaScript 1.6

With the upcoming release of Firefox 1.5 Mozilla have decided to increase their JavaScript version number to 1.6. There are basically three new features since 1.5: ECMAScript 4 XML Array Extras Array and String generics Array and String generics means that some of the methods that are available on Array.prototype and String.prototype are now also ...

For Each Loop in Mozilla

I’m not entirely sure when Mozilla started to support for each loops but I guess it was part of the E4X code checkins. Anyway, I was totally shocked when I saw it and I fired up a quick test. var o = {a: "A", b: "B", c: "C"}; for each (var v in o) { ...

Ajax is so 1999

Like you didn’t know that already? Scott Isaacs from back in 1997 has a series going at his blog. Scott is one of the original DHTML guys and he wrote useful stuff when most other people were stuck on animating layers. He is also one of guys behind DOM level 1. Well worth a visit ...

JScript Object Memory Leak

We all know that the memory leaks in Internet Explorer are horrible. However we’ve found ways (often making beautiful code really ugly) around these issus. My general guideline has always been to make sure that you don’t keep any reference betwen JScript objects and DOM/COM objects (and the other way around) as well as make ...

Some Real IE7 News

I guess you all seen and maybe even tried Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 by now. To me it wasn’t very surprising. Dissapointing? Yes. Well, according to Chris Wilson, the following bugs have already been fixed and we’ll see them in beta 2: HTML 4.01 ABBR tag Improved (though not yet perfect) <object> fallback CSS ...

Screen Readers Suck

There has been some mumbling about accessibiliy and javascript for quite some time now and today I read the following at the DOM Scripting Task Force blog: It’s also all but impossible for some applications, such as Google Maps. In fact, after some preliminary testing our own Derek Featherstone was so dismayed by the state ...

DOM Scripting Task Force

I guess you’ve all seen the DHTML… ehmm… DOM Scriptiping Task Force over at The Web Standards Project by now. It’s about time someone realized that DHTML is not just An outdated scripting technique that is mainly characterized by the changes it makes to the style properties of certain elements, and by the use of ...

JS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

An article comparing JScript and VBS got me some ideas about what I think should be added to JS 1.6. Date I like the Date object in JS but it needs a lot of improvements. These following things are really missing: Localized weekday name Localized month name Week start day Week number (localized because it ...