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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Oh! Oh! Wait!

    I'm skeptical cat!
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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