This Week's HTML5 and Browser Technology News (Issue 182)


No April Fools. A look at Spartan. Background positioning in CSS. W3C’s new HTML5 course.
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HTML 5 Weekly

Issue 182 — April 1, 2015

Don’t fear – we’re aiming to be an April Fool’s free zone. Let’s hope no-one tricked us! 😉

The Verge
The Verge takes a high level look at Microsoft’s new browser-in-progress. It looks promising but there’s a long way to go.

Sara Soueidan
Many CSS properties exist that allow us to control different aspects of an element’s background and its positioning.

Denis Radin
Aims to solve the ‘slow DOM problem’ by rendering normal page elements to WebGL instead. An interesting idea but not something I’d put into production yet.

Wijmo  Sponsored
Tour the history of this trusted DataGrid control. See how this grid evolved from Windows 95 to HTML5 and what it looked like along the way. FlexGrid is now part of Wijmo 5, a new generation of JavaScript controls.


W3C News
The first W3Cx course will focus on Web design fundamentals at an intermediate level and start on June 1.

Firefox 37 hit the release channel yesterday and has a range of minor improvements. It now opportunistically encrypts HTTP traffic on certain HTTP/2 connections, IndexedDB is now available from worker threads, and it supports enough of MSE to use YouTube’s native HTML5 player.

browser.html is a platform research project (yes, it’s solely a prototype/work in progress, not a product) closely related to Mozilla’s Servo project.

A property that lets you inform the browser of what kinds of changes are likely to occur on an element so it can optimize for them ahead of time.


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