Web development

When can I use…by spec status!

An update to the “When can I use” page, now you can filter by spec status. This is helpful to only see support for full W3 recommendations, mostly stable specs, features still in flux or completely unofficial features.

I find it interesting to see that with IE8 Microsoft has focused largely on improving items under “candidate recommendation” status (primarily CSS 2.1), whereas most full recommendations (XHTML, SVG, MathML) get ignored. Working draft features seem to only be added when the spec is pretty clear cut, such as the querySelector one.

Opera blog post Web development

IE8 beta 1 first impressions

Anyone who cares has heared that IE8 beta 1 has just been released, with quite a bit of documentation.

Mark “Tarquin” Wilton-Jones offers a pretty good overview of the changes. Many are good, and I’m especially happy with the Acid2 support and the decision to make the IE8 rendering mode the default. It is also important to note that there is still “much more” expected in beta 2.