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    Reflections on my first 24 hours with braces.

    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)

    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"

    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

    There is a long thread over at 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...

    ...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.

    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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    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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...

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

    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.

    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.

    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...

    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...

    • 20 Comments moving my blog. Please move your references to this blog to my new one, at .
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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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    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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    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!

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

    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...

    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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