Everyone else has a weblog and I was feeling left out…
This site is oriented around the projects it hosts (IE7, moz-behaviors, packer etc). However, I do get the occasional complaint that it is difficult to keep track of site updates. That’s what weblogs are for. So the other day I installed WordPress.
I’m impressed with the WordPress package. It was pretty easy to install (I also had to install MySQL) and I was up and running within a few hours. Customising the software was also straightforward. I only have a rudimentary grasp of PHP but still had no problems imposing my bland site style on the weblog interface.
I’ve decided to allow comments on my blog. Nobody likes to work in a vacuum and the reason I started this site was to share my work and get some feedback. So please, comment away…
The main project hosted on this site is IE7. This has recently had an update. I’ve only fixed bugs in this release. For any piece of software it is important to reach a stable point. Hopefully, this release will act as a really usable version. I’ll finally add support for printing before going beta. This is all I will say about IE7 for the time being as I intend to publish a full status report in the near future.
Web Forms 2.0
I’m honoured to be a member of the WHATWG (Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group). Our first deliverable is a specification extending the forms module of HTML 4.0. Web Forms 2.0 adds new functionality and provides a neat declarative mechanism for common developer scenarios. An example in plain English, we can define
To really make something like Web Forms 2.0 fly, you have to make it work on Internet Explorer. When IE7 is stable, I am going to switch my attention to writing an IE implementation of the Web Forms 2.0 specification. I’ll be using DHTML Behaviors as the mechanism for extending forms behaviour. I am also going to strive to make it work on Mozilla platforms using the XBL wrapper I developed at the beginning of this year.
There is a very early prototype of a Web Forms 2.0 implementation here: /my/wf2/test/
OK. That’s it for my first post. Next, an IE7 status report.