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New ‘Adaptive Image’ HTML Tag Stirs Controversy

The rising global popularity of smart phones and other small-screen Internet devices has created a number of dilemmas for web developers. Among the most pressing is the issue of serving the proper image files for widely divergent screen sizes. The industry has responded with a variety of solutions, including separate mobile websites that are much leaner in terms of shown images. A new attribute, <img srcset>, has the potential to resolve some of the issues by enabling the desired image size,...

New ‘Intent’ Tag to Facilitate Ease of Online Data Sharing

In the rapidly evolving arena of browser standards, among the newest additions is a tag that significantly facilitates the transfer and sharing of data between online applications and services. The Google-originated ‘Web Intents’ API gives a user the ability to select an application to perform a specific action on a designated piece of data, such as an image, audio or video file, or text file. Here’s how the feature works: Say, for instance, a person wants to edit or share a photo that has been...

New methods in jQuery 1.6

jQuery is an actively-developed JavaScript library with a fairly rapid release cycle. As well as general enhancements, performance tweaks and bug fixes, new methods are frequently added to the library. In this article we’ll take a look at the new methods that have been added to the 1.6+ release and some of the enhancements. Delaying the ready event with the holdReady() method ... The holdReady() method is used to delay the firing of jQuery’s ready event, a cornerstone event which is popularly...

What The Heads Up Grid Can Do For You

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There was a time when Netscape and Internet Explorer were the only browsers a web developer had to worry about. But in those days, a website primarily consisted of some text, a few images and some hyperlinks. Remember, tables were still all the rage back then. Nowadays a user may have a few different browsers to choose from, multiple computers running different screen resolutions, a tablet device and a smartphone. And websites, they are a bit more complex than the good old static days. So to meet the needs...

Will Muse Kill the Web Development Industry?

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When Microsoft released FrontPage back in 1997 many people thought that the web design industry would suffer because all of the sudden anyone could use this software to create a pretty decent looking website without having to know HTML. Of course CSS, PHP, MySQL, Python, Ruby on Rails, etc. all changed the game for the WYSIWYG editors. If you wanted a dynamic, data driven web site you needed to hire a developer. And with everything being “Web 2.0”, static websites just lost their appeal to many. So...
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