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CodeDread Blog | Microsoft

I want to believe. SVG as an image format.Grooveshark recently deployed an updated UI done in HTML5 instead of Flash. In a word, it’s awesome. Scrolling is smoother. Text is fully selectable. I like being able to resize the UI (I don’t think their previous Flash interface allowed zooming at all). I really hope Grooveshark can find a successful revenue model that will keep it alive. Read the rest of this entry …

§969 · December 5, 2010 · Google, Microsoft, Software, Technology, Web · 7 comments ·

[clipart]Ok, after getting IE9 preview 3 installed last night, I was able to update my SVG scorechart. I’m pleased to say that I would now unequivocally classify IE9 as a browser that supports SVG. Supporting gradients, patterns, masking, clipping and more actually gained them quite a few points.

I’m also pleased to see that they support conditional processing (the <switch> element) so you can see at a rough glance what feature strings they claim to support by accessing this page I made years ago. Not a bad feature set for first time out! Kudos to the IE team!

And they support <canvas> too!

In my brief look at IE9 while running through the SVG tests, I would say their biggest areas to improve on before final release are text (especially text selection) and DOM. Though Alexis assures me that they do pass quite a number of SVG torture tests.

Hey, now that we have all major browsers supporting basic SVG rendering, it’s really time to ramp up the effort on SVG Torture Tests to ensure DOM coverage and corner cases. We are looking for someone to lead this activity in the SVG Interest Group.

Oh, and I would love to have SVG-edit working in IE9.

§908 · June 24, 2010 · Microsoft, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · Comments Off on IE9: No longer failing · Tags: ,


I would love to tell you that I was able to install and test IE9 Platform 3 tonight. There seems to be a lot of good things in there (SVG improvements, canvas, audio, video) but the main problem is that it’s built on the fragile Windows stack. That’s not to say that other OS stacks aren’t fragile, but this is just tonight’s frustration. Read the rest of this entry …

§904 · June 24, 2010 · Entertainment, Life, Microsoft, Technology, Windows · 3 comments · Tags: ,

[clipart]I came across the MIX 10k Coding Challenge on the weekend, and on a whim I decided to submit one of my old SVG demos to the contest. The 10k challenge’s tagline is “What could you create for the Web if you had only 10 kilobytes of code?”. The rules didn’t explicitly say I could use pure SVG, they mention SVG/Canvas in the context of HTML5 only, but I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s in the spirit of the contest, after all. At the very least it would encourage Microsoft to clarify the rules and at the very best it would be accepted and the rules updated to allow pure SVG applications. Looks like it was my lucky day. Read the rest of this entry …

§551 · January 14, 2010 · JavaScript, Microsoft, Software, SVG, Technology, Tips, Web · 4 comments · Tags: , , , ,

This evening on “As The Twitter Spews”:

BTW, if you’re not on Twitter yet, you are missing out. For instance, I find this feed useful.

§522 · February 18, 2009 · Microsoft, Opera, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · 2 comments · Tags: , , ,