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WaSP Adobe Task Force

March 11th, 2008 by enefekt

The Adobe Task Force will collaborate with Adobe on all of the company’s products that output code or content to the Web, and will continue to advocate compliance with Web Standards and accessibility guidelines by those who use Adobe’s products to design and build Web sites and applications.

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Press Release

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HTML 5 in 15 Years?

December 10th, 2007 by enefekt

Reading over the article on ALA previewing HTML 5, there is a lot of cool stuff. The video and audio tags, and the new structure elements are all great. That last part stung a little bit though:

Work on HTML 5 is rapidly progressing, yet it is still expected to continue for several years. Due to the requirement to produce test cases and achieve interoperable implementations, current estimates have work finishing in around ten to fifteen years.

Hold up. Now, I’m sure that “work finishing” and being able to use it in more than one browser have to be two completely different things.(Hopefully!) But thats a long time!

Just as a head check in case there are folks looking to develop advanced RIAs right now. The Flash Player get’s over 90% penetration after just about a year. That means, Flash Player 9, along with Flex and ActionScript 3 apps incorporating video and audio, have a runtime penetration rate of over 90% right now. And in at the most one year, over 90% of clients will have the capability to playback H.264 video. That includes Linux, Windows, and Mac.

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Merging the Best of the Web And Desktop

July 20th, 2007 by enefekt

There sure is a lot of news surrounding this right now.

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The Browser As A Peer, is Here

April 27th, 2007 by enefekt

Brent Simmons strikes again with a really insightful post on why the whole “desktop vs web” debate is already dead. He uses the term “hybrid apps”, which is similar to an Internet Desktop App, but a more general categorization.

In the browser or out of the browser? Make that decision on an “app-by-app basis”. Look at the requirements of the project/product. No need to make blanket decisions. But there is always the considerations of you and/or your teams skill-sets. I think this is where runtimes like Apollo and XULRunner shine.

Of course though, highlighting some of the values of living outside of the browser are appropriate:

None of my browsers can provide the user interface that Twitterrific provides

Anyone who wants to do everything in just one desktop app, the browser, can—provided they don’t mind giving up protected memory and all that modern goodness.

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The HTML Output Assumption

April 18th, 2007 by enefekt

An excellent post here by Dave Thomas on PragDave, one of OG Pragmatic Programmers.

He really drives home the point of server-side applications needing to be client-independent, not assuming the client is a browser, and spitting out just HTML.

Favorite antagonistic quote:

Recently, folks have been trying to circumvent this simplicity by making browser-based applications more interactive using technologies such as Ajax. To my mind, this is just a stop-gap until we throw the browser away altogether—Ajax is just lipstick on a pig

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