“An open Net embraces free culture. That doesn’t mean disrespecting the copyright of others. It means instead enabling others to share and build upon the work you want the Net to love. Practice the freedom you expect from others, by licensing your work as freely as you can.” – Lawrence Lessig for Mark Up
From the beginning of June 2011, Google announced to stop dropping support for Internet Explorer 7. This doesn’t mean that the same approach is good for all publishers. Internet Explorer 7, according to StatCounter, has still a pretty significant market share. Google’s priority is to make sure that the apps’ newer functionality developed with HTML5 works well in all modern browsers – applications such as Google Earth, Gmail, Chrome web store apps, new features in Google Docs, Calendar, Google +1, etc. It would be pretty intense for Google to provide consistent user experience for all versions of older browsers.
Google will support the browsers on rolling basis – no earlier than the third latest version of the browser will be supported (I am pretty sure nothing will break and the graceful fallback is guaranteed). In Google’s own words, “…we’ll begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.”
Mar 13, 5pm, Ballroom D He brought us The Web Standards Project, A List Apart, Designing With Web Standards, A Book Apart, and so much more. Now legendary blogger, designer, and creative gadfly Jeffrey Zeldman brings us a SXSW panel. There will be discussion. There will be special guests. Quotable insights will fly faster than your fingers can peck them into Twitterific. Combustible wit will fill the room. And in the end, we’ll all be a little wiser than we were.
Spread the message, it’s important! 10 years ago a browser was born. Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2011, in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye.
This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers.
But it requires that consumers know enough to turn it on, as well as to decide which sites to allow and which to block and which to trust. Indeed knowing what parts of a web page are collecting information requires a pretty sophisticated understanding of the way the web works.
Microsoft is ready for Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate (IE9 RC) of the next major version of IE, on February 10th, 2011.
On the heels of Federal Trade Commission major report on consumer privacy online, Microsoft announced Tracking Protection in the Internet Explorer 9. This announcement has generated a lot of buzz and many concerns among the advertisers and publishers. “Tracking has become a powerful tool for online advertisers to identify groups of people who may be interested in products or services based on their web activities. The practice has been denounced by privacy advocates who argue advertisers have no right to use people’s personal information, including their use of the web, without first getting permission.”
What about the ads? Yes, the Tracking Protection feature will supposedly provide consumers the option to opt-out of receiving ads completely, or, to have more granular control over the certain types of advertising they do want to receive and the type of data they are willing to have collected about them.
What is Tracking Protection lists? Tracking Protection lists (TPL) will be integrated within Internet Explorer 9 browser to allow users make their own decisions about what sites are on the list. In the past, Internet Explorer 8’s InPrivate Filtering functionality relied on frequency heuristics to build a list as a consumer browses sites. Microsoft claims by improving the predictability of the user experience, the user will be in position to choose what information she’d like to share with which websites. A Tracking Protection List (TPL) will contain web addresses that the browser will visit (or “call”) only if the consumer visits them directly by clicking on a link or typing their address. . . By limiting the calls to these websites and resources from other web pages, the TPL limits the information these other sites can collect.
My point is: not unlike the InPrivate feature in Internet Explorer 8, the new Tracking Protection might be too complex and go beyond what typical consumer is fully aware of. What will be the percentage of people who will go over the process below to keep track of the back-listed sites? See yourself.