News about developments in CSS 3 is hard to come by at the moment, so please forgive the slow rate of updates on the site in the last month. I attended the @media conference here in London last week and news on progress in CSS was noticeable by its absence, when even HTML 5 had its own session.
I see that Bert Bos has delivered a couple of presentations on the Template (formerly ‘Advanced’) Layout Module, but I can’t find slides of them anywhere. If anyone attended the talks and can send us copies, do please get in touch.
Other than that, the only news is that the CSS WG have released their list of expected module deliverables; the modules listed in the 2007 snapshot along with Media Queries look set to be Recommendations shortly, with many others to take on Candidate Recommendation status.
And that’s it. Sorry there isn’t more, or that it isn’t more exciting. I’m aiming to put together a load of new examples soon, so that should be more interesting!
Update: As mentioned in a comment below, no sooner do I say there’s not much going on than David Baron announces that the remaining CSS3 selectors have been implemented in a build of Mozilla (which will probably be seen in Firefox 3.1), and Media Queries are set to follow. That’s good news.
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I was wondering why you weren’t appearing in Google Reader for a while :)
Come on W3C, at this rate it won’t be IE we’re waiting for
Ahhh, the ‘come-down’ from all that Acid3 hype and excitement!
On a serious note though, I think it’s worthwhile noting (for those that aren’t already aware) that the guys at Webkit have been innovating yet again and have now come up with CSS Reflections and CSS Masks.
Also worth mentioning is that a Last Call Working Draft of the Snapshot ’07 has been published, along with CSS Namespaces moving to CR. That along with a proposal from Daniel Glazman being published regarding CSS Variables
OT: Peter, do you have that group photo from @Media with you, David and I still about? I vaguely remember it being taken in that Italian restaurant, but due to my beer consumption that night I can’t be certain. Did you and David manage to spend all of Joost’s beer money? :)
Hi James, good to meet you last week; sorry to have missed you on Friday. There is a photograph, I just need to be brave enough to look for it on the camera!
Regarding the Safari ‘innovations’, AFAIK all these are are SVG behaviours ported into CSS; it remains to be seen how attractive they will be to other browser makers. For me, at least, the jury is out.
the big advantage of SVG features ported into CSS are
1. Opera, Mozilla and Safari all do SVG, so the functionality is already in there, it’s just a matter of letting developers use it in a different way
2. web developers know CSS – so all there is to learn are some now properties – not a whole nuther technology that in reality a tiny percentage of developers really are comfortable with.
3. On the whole we are talking about presentation of HTML elements, so surely CSS is the best place for this?
Roc has posted about an alternative approach for using SVG features in CSS ( http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/roc/archives/2008/06/applying_svg_ef.html ) with builds for the three major platforms available.
Please don’t feel the need to apologize for not posting in a while. I greatly prefer that you only post when there is actually something newsworthy. Blogs that post fluff for the sake of having something to post generally start getting ignored, and eventually removed from my feed reader.
Thanks helping us keep abreast CSS3-related news.