Today ICANN approved the Internationalized Domain Name Fast Track Process which means we soon will see Internet addresses containing non-Latin characters. That is a fair thing to do since maybe half of the world population is not writing with latin characters.
The process will begin on November 16th and will allow nations to apply for Internet address names that reflect their name in their own language. Of course all these names will be evaluated and will take forever to be approved but at least the first step is made and the future will bring a lot of diversity in the domain-names’ world.
More news about the Internationalized Domain Name Fast Track Process can be found here.
Today was a great day for Microsoft…or not. The company finally reached a deal with the European Commision in the never ending fight concerning Microsoft attempts to impose IE as a unique browser for Windows and not willing to help the developers build compatible software with MS products. The measures that Microsoft will take are (quoting their press release):
ensures that PC manufacturers will continue to be able to install any browser on top of Windows and make any browser the default
PC manufacturers and users will be able to turn Internet Explorer on and off
for the next five years in Europe, PC users who are running Internet Explorer as their default browser will receive a ballot screen that will enable them to easily download and install another browser if they would like
PC users can make any other browser the default if they prefer. They can even turn Internet Explorer off, although there’s no need to turn off Internet Explorer in order to use a different browser or make another browser the default.
developers throughout the industry, including in the open source community, will have access to technical documentation to assist them in building products that work well with Microsoft products
Microsoft will also be required to support certain industry standards in its products and to fully document how these standards are supported. Microsoft’s proposed undertaking will make available legally-binding warranties that would be offered to third parties.
Styling a form is never an easy thing to do, but adding CSS3 on a HTML5 form is a task that shows a large variety of results when it comes to testing on different browsers. Check the test link.
When it comes to CSS3 not much can be done: but adding rounded corners, gradients and dropshadows is still more than nothing anf the overall aspect of the form is waaaaaaaaay better. But HTML5 is supported by few browsers (this HTML form only by Opera) and CSS3 also by few broswers – but different from the one supporting HTML5.
The result: impossible to see the result on one browser only: the rounded corners can be seen on Mozilla/Chrome/Safari and the HTML5 elements on Opera.
Internet Explorer? Better don’t ask. No support whatsoever.
So the results:
Mozilla 3: rounded corners + / HTML 5 elements
Chrome: rounded corners + (they look weird) / HTML 5 elements –
Safari: rounded corners + / HTML 5 elements –
Opera 9: rounded corners – / HTML 5 elements +
IE (doesn’t matter which one): rounded corners – / HTML 5 elements –
Ric Ferrer sent us a screenshot with the behavior of Mobile Safari from his Ipod. Thank you 🙂