Monthly Archives: January 2008

HTML 5 and HTML 4 Differences

Although the HTML 5 specification is still in development, on January 22, 2008, the W3C published the first public working draft of the HTML 5 differences from HTML 4.  It looks to me as if developers who are familiar with HTML 5 and CSS positioning and styling will have plenty of work upgrading older sites. 

No More Frames!  According to the working draft, the elements frame, frameset, and noframes are not in HTML 5 because “…their usage affected usability and accessibility for the end user in a negative way.”

What About XHTML 2?  XHTML 2, as proposed, is an entirely new language that does not have backward compatibility to HTML 4.01, so the upgrade path will be from HTML 4 to HTML 5.

I Wish I Had Developed This Site.

It’s an ad for VCOM, but it’s a very clever Flash presentation.  You can see it here (make sure your sound is on).

The Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) Library.

The Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) Library is a set of utilities and controls, written in JavaScript, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, DHTML and AJAX. The YUI Library also includes several core CSS resources. All components in the YUI Library have been released as open source under a BSD license and are free for all uses.

You can learn more about YUI and find a link to download the free library here.

An Interesting Screen & Video Capture Utility.

Jing is an interesting screen and video capture utility from the SnagIt folks.  Take the video tour, then visit the Jing Project website at

Install Multiple Versions Of Microsoft IE.

It’s important to be able to test sites in multiple versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, particularly IE6 and IE7.  When IE7 was still in Beta, I tried various methods of running both IE6 and IE7, but nothing I tried was completely satisfactory.  I finally resorted to running IE6 on a backup desktop system.

This morning I received an email from another developer who said he had good luck with the Multiple IE Installer from Tredosoft.  I downloaded the installer and used it to install IE 5.5 and 6.0 on my primary system, which has IE7 installed.  So far, so good.

Thanks for the tip, Mike.