Variants on Stuart Robinson’s paragraph–level link hovering, acknowledging the $750 million Microsoft/AOL settlement, finding Zeldman’s link to the TechNet article that announces the death of a stand–alone Internet Explorer.
Stuart Robinson recently showed us a use of the :hover pseudo–class on arbitrary elements to highlight all links in a given paragraph. An effective idea, I took his example and came up with a few variants.
Scanning for links is a long–established behaviour, and unfortunately Stuart’s example adds an extra step to do this effectively, for the sake of aesthetics. My approach has come from the opposite direction, allowing the user to scan without interaction, but making it easier to do so given a bit of input. Take a look. Nothing ground–breaking here, but it’s another approach to the same concept. §
And in a bit of timely news, AOL, today’s owner of Netscape, has decided to shake hands and call it a draw in their on–going suit against Microsoft. The latter has agreed to a settlement to the tune of $760 million, as well as licensing Internet Explorer to AOL for 7 years, free of charge.
So if AOL gets to continue licensing IE, in spite of just recently moving their code base to Mozilla… and if IE’s development has slowed to a halt… then…
Forget it. I have no idea what any of this is going to change, if anything at all. Let’s just wait and see. §
Note to self: read Zeldman before posting next time. Beyond covering the AOL/Microsoft settlement, he’s linked an elucidating transcript on Microsoft’s Technet from 3 weeks ago that neatly summarizes the future of Internet Explorer: “IE will continue to evolve, but there will be no future standalone installations. IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation.” and further: “Legacy OSes have reached their zenith with the addition of IE 6 SP1. Further improvements to IE will require enhancements to the underlying OS.”
Since, last time I checked, Microsoft wasn’t developing Mac OS, there’s only one way to interpret that: Mac IE is dead, and Windows IE will stumble along patch by patch, if at all, between major Windows releases.
Awfully convenient to cough up licensing of a dead product, wouldn’t you say?
And so we’re at a stand–still. Get used to coding for IE6, because the underlying engine is going to be with us a good long while. §