Albatross!

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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    Reflections on my first 24 hours with braces.

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    Ow. Ow ow. OWOWOWOWOWOW. Sigh. 18 months minus one day to go. Did I say ow?
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    You, me and the W3C (aka Reinventing HTML)

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    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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    IE and CSS "Compliance"

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    I was surprised that when I got back from vacationing in Hawaii to read a Slashdot post by Jeff Reifman about an article Paul Thurrott wrote...last year. I read Slashdot regularly, and it didn’t make sense; not only is this old information, but it’s not...
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    Microsoft, IE and the Web Standards Project

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    There is a long thread over at thinkvitamin.com in the comments of an interview with Molly Holzschlag . I'll avoid monologueing on whether one should consider web standards a battle or not, and just weigh in on the comments threads. Malarkey said...
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    I feel happy, too...

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    ...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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    What I think about ES4.

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    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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    Braces.

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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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    Multiple IEs on one machine

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    With the recent release of a preview of IE7 beta 2, there's been another slew of demands for "standalone IE", and much posturing on both sides about whether Microsoft can/should provide this. I said to Molly Holzschlag of the Web Standards Project...
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    The joy of being me

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    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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    Snarky snarky.

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    This post is about me. Please do not post comments about Microsoft’s behavior in response to this post. This isn't a troll for congratulations or thanks, either. I stopped replying to the comments in the last post. Not because I stopped reading them...
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    My opinion.

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    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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    Not that you need me to tell you this...

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

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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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    Where have I been?

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    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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    Why I love my MacBook, but Microsoft too.

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    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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    I am... sad cookie cat.

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    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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    Chris goes back to junior high school...

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    No, this ISN'T a post about IE, web standards, or me being childish about the trolls. I'm getting braces on my teeth. Sigh. At 36. In short - my teeth are wearing heavily because I have an incorrect bite, and I've always disliked the diastema (gap...
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    I am, however, making a fresh start...

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    ...by moving my blog. Please move your references to this blog to my new one, at cwilso.com .
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    IE re-downloading background images

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    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…

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    …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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    Kill-a-tarianism

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    Molly asked her blog readers if they are meat-eaters or vegetarian. I've explained my personal stance on meat-eating a number of times to various people, so I thought I'd write it down once and for all for reference. Note that I'm not evangelizing my...
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    Ahh....

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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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    Oh! Oh! Wait!

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    I'm skeptical cat!
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    Rip rip rip...

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    While I was on vacation in Chicago, I finally cracked and bought the shiny white plastic (60gb). I'd tried to find something acceptable that would play WMAs, since I ripped my entire CD collection to high-quality WMAs a year or two ago, and the Audiostation...
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    And on...

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    I really do need to make more than one blog post a month. Of course, I was off for Thanksgiving for a week visiting family, and I've been trying to stay mostly offline when I go on vacation, (and hey, I'm BUSY)but even so. In the airport before the plane...
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