This is the personal blog of Chris Wilson, Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer Platform team at Microsoft (and ex-Group Program Manager).

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    I am, however, making a fresh start...

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    Where have I been?

    I know a few people have wondered why I appear to have stopped blogging altogether. Well, the short version is because I did. The longer version is that I got tired of dealing with the negativity – although it's been suggested that I turn off comments...
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    I feel happy, too...

    ...that someone got it . Thanks, Hal - standards compliance and not breaking existing websites are, in fact, why I show up to work. BTW, I will be at Web Directions North 08 , MIX08 , and (this just in) SXSW08 .
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    Not that you need me to tell you this...

    ...but IE8 now correctly renders the Acid2 smiley face in IE8 standards mode .
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    My opinion.

    Golly, I love this job. Okay, before you read any further, go read the tagline of this blog. In case you're reading it through RSS, I'll paste it here: "This is the personal blog of Chris Wilson, Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer Platform...
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    What I think about ES4.

    Dean Edwards asked me in a comment on the IEBlog what I personally thought of the ES4 proposal . ( 'You say that "Microsoft" think that the web is best served by the creation of a new language. Your name is at the bottom of this article. What do *you...
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    Best. Spam. Evar.

    "Dear Chris: This is a shameless marketing e-mail, so if you don’t want to be marketed to, FOR GOODNESS SAKES, TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER."
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    Oh! Oh! Wait!

    I'm skeptical cat!
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    I am... sad cookie cat.

    You are: Sad Cookie Cat 54% Affectionate, 40% Excitable, 60% Hungry You are the classic Shakespearian tragedy of the lolcat universe. The sad story of a baking a cookie, succumbing to gluttony, and in turn consuming the very cookie that was to...
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    This Thursday, I'm going to be going on vacation. For the first time in a very long time, I'm actually going to be totally offline for at least part of it - since I'm spending a week on a liveaboard dive boat in the Dry Tortugas (west of Key West in Florida...
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    Why I love my MacBook, but Microsoft too.

    I love my MacBook. I especially love the new photo workflow I'm almost finished setting up, which will not only have a smooth transition from developing to managing to uploading to Flickr , but also has automatic geotagging if I take along my handheld...
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    Back from MIX...

    And my talk is available on the web - go to , type "Chris Wilson" in the search box and hit enter. Choose the first result (the second one is my talk from last year). Available in WMV and Silverlight format (which I checked...
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    For all of you that aren't going to MIX07...

    ...there will be a lot of live information streamed from the event, and videos released afterward. .
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    The joy of being me

    So, we're having a fun thread on the HTML WG. I'm explaining what Microsoft must do, given the half-billion or so users that rely on us to not break their web experience. A certain contingent disagrees with me (okay) and seems to want to beat it out of...
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    Upcoming speaking engagements...

    Trying to stay ahead of the game, but as usual I'm not very good at publicizing what I'm doing. Next week, I will be a panelist on the panel "The Arrival of Web 2.0: The State of the Union on Browser Technology" at the Web 2.0 Expo O'Reilly conference...
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    Braces again.

    I seem to have two sets of people reading my blog - the people who know me from web work, and those who found this blog because I've occasionally posted about getting braces on my teeth in my mid-30s. This post is for the latter. Danielle - in my experience...
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    I can't believe I forgot to post this. If you're at SXSW, so am I. I was on Eric Meyer's panel "A Decade of Style" on Saturday morning, and even more exciting may be the "Browser Wars" panel at 10am on Tuesday morning, with Brendan Eich from Mozilla...
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    Phone interview with Jon Udell

    Jon Udell called me up a week or two ago and asked me a bunch of questions about web history, IE and the HTML WG. I think it's actually broadly interesting, and for once I don't sound like a third grader on speed. Well, too much. Check it out .
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    Daniel . Really. It's 2007. When I said "spring of last year," I did in fact mean the 2006 Mandelieu meeting you refer to. There is not some back channel there. I was not "chosen" then. Chris said, in effect, "hey, some people think you would...
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    You, me and the W3C (aka Reinventing HTML)

    Some of you may not be aware that the W3C is recognizing that there has been an unfulfilled need for the evolution of HTML, and they are chartering a new HTML Working Group to do this (rather than the XHTML 2 track that the HTML WG has been developing...
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    Wow, a bunch of recent comments on my first post after getting my braces . So, I've had my braces for about four and a half months now. I've had several followup appointments, the most recent one yesterday. I had my first breakage on Boxing Day, when...
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    Back from the Holidays.

    I’ve been pretty absent for a while from my blog. Sorry about that; I have a bunch of things buffered up to talk about, though, so I’ll probably post quite a bit more in the next few days. My New Year’s resolutions: 1) Be 20% more funky. I’m pretty...
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    IE re-downloading background images

    Quick post - at the Ajax Experience conference, someone mentioned to me that IE was downloading background images multiple times if they were referenced in the stylesheets multiple times. I checked with the team, and they confirmed that they did address...
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    I'm leaving my position as IE platform Group Program Manager…

    …HA! Gotcha! I’ve been juggling multiple roles on the IE team for a while. With the release of IE7, I decided (with my management’s support, of course) to focus my energy on the design of the IE web developer platform as the lead platform architect...
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    Not even time to catch my breath...

    ...but I wanted to mention that I'm speaking next week at the Ajax Experience conference - both my usual IE7 talk (although updated a little - did you notice we shipped ? :) ) and a keynote talk entitled "The Once and Future Web". Oh, and I just dumped...
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