December 2008: Brad Neuberg (Google)
announces he is working on using IE
Behaviors to enable SVG support in any
Flash-enabled browser — so you can have
SVG support in IE 6 (or IE 8, or whatever).
• not just static SVG, but also dynamic,
• aiming for public release by late
16 Jan 2009: SMIL patch lands in Mozilla
• Brian Birtles and Daniel Holbert
• provides necessary base to enable Moz/
Firefox to be brought on-par with SVG
animations support in Opera and WebKit
• Mozilla already has better SVG ﬁlters
support than WebKit, so after Moz gets
SVG animations, their SVG support will
gaining on Opera’s
The W3C Geolocation API enables you to
create location-aware Web applications that
provide things like:
• turn-by-turn route navigation (just like
GPS navigation systems in cars)
• location-tagged status updates in social
• much more…
December 2008: W3C Working Draft
of Geolocation API published.
Support for Geolocation API in browsers:
• February 2009: Lars Erik Bolstad
announces Geo API support in Opera
• October 2008: Greg Bolsinga lands Geo
API support in WebKit
• August 2008: Doug Turner lands Geo
API support in Mozilla
• August 2008: Andrei Popescu (from
Google, editor of W3C Geolocation API
spec) lands Geo API support in Gears
• Feb 2009: Opera announces new JS
• Sep 2008: Google Chrome released,
withV8 JS engine
• Sep 2008: WebKit project lands
• Aug 2008: Mozilla TraceMonkey lands
that are so blazingly fast? (JS speed in current
browsers seems quite fast to me.)
A high-end smartphone is likely to have, say, a
400MHz ARM CPU.
WiFi-enabled gaming device like the Nintendo
DSi is likely to have a 133MHz ARM CPU.
While you may ﬁnd speed of JS engines to be
quite fast in desktop browsers, you won’t ﬁnd
it quite so satisfyingly fast in browsers running
on those kinds of devices…
September 2008: Google Chrome
ﬁrst beta release.
Things to consider:
• Google poached^w recruited some of
the brightest browser engineers in the
world to work on Chrome/Chromium.
• Dev team has solid commitment to
• Browser competition is a good thing.
• Chrome/Chromium work will bring new
innovations, help to drive new standards.
• Firebug, etc., in Mozilla: talk with Ben
Galbraith and Dion Almaer
• Dragonﬂy in Opera: talk with David Storey,
Lars Erik Bolstad, and Chris Mills
• Developer Tools feature in IE8: talk with
Joshua Allen,Will Mason, Chris Wilson, Pete
• Web Inspector in WebKit (also in Chrome):
nobody fromWebKit here atWDN to talk with :(
What is it? A new speciﬁcation for a
royalty-free video codec, essentially
competing with MPEG4 AVC (H.264).
Sun is spending large amounts of money to
do a very systematic review of patents and
prior art (to ensure that it does not infringe
on any existing intellectual property.)
Signiﬁcance: OMSVideo could help
tremendously to change the state of video
on the Web in a very positive way (and also
IPTV — which is likely the real reason Sun
is spending so much money to develop it).