So I’m running IE7 – are you? Being a web developer, the progress of browser technology is important to me – especially when it’s progress by the big kid in the playground. Microsoft has a very glitzy website about the software, but I thought I’d post some of my impressions with it here:
- The tabbed browsing is painfully similar to firefox – as someone who dislikes tabbed browsing I feel like IE fell to the dark side on this one
- MUCH MUCH better printing preferences – I have to say, this really solved a lot of issues with regards to page cropping
- Built-in RSS feeds are going to make the world of RSS suddenly much more accessible. It’ll be interesting to see how many clients want to have RSS feeds from their site now.
The one thing I haven’t yet had the chance to do yet, is to properly test out the PNG transparency issues. I think this alone, more than any other change, is going to revolutionize website design. I can’t count the number of layouts, effects and just "cool things" that designers wish they could do, but can’t because of the issues with image transparency. This, combined with the increased saturation of high-speed internet are definitely going to push forward more image-rich websites.
Also, yesterday someone at SMF posted a link to this article: Jobs vs. Gates: Who’s the Star? Although I have a great deal of respect for both men, I thought that this article provided a particularly candid summary of the sentiment "with great wealth comes great responsibility". I’m a firm believer that all of us have a responsibility to to the most we can – not necessarily to help the most, to earn the most money, or the most fame – but simply to try and excel. This article gives an interesting view from the outside into the apparent motivations and agendas of two of the most powerful men in software.
To summarize the article in a single quote:
"Gates is giving away his fortune with the same gusto he spent acquiring it, throwing billions of dollars at solving global health problems. He has also spoken out on major policy issues, for example, by opposing proposals to cut back the inheritance tax.
In contrast, Jobs does not appear on any charitable contribution lists of note. And Jobs has said nary a word on behalf of important social issues, reserving his talents of persuasion for selling Apple products."