Yes, it’s a little colder in hell as I write this. If you look out your nearest window, you’re likely to see monkeys flying on the backs of pigs. Which means Armaggedon is starting any day now.
I’m talking about this:
Microsoft has recently released a public beta of IE8. Standards and security are of top importance in this release. To that end, the IE team is planning on releasing IE8 in full standards mode. Releasing in Full Standards Mode offers many benefits in the long term, but short term, could cause some end-user and developer issues. We would love to understand your thoughts around the impact of this specific issue and invite your suggestions on how we can best communicate it.
If you have thoughts and feedback on IE 8 releasing in full standards mode, please respond to the questions below and send your reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with “[IE8 Community Feedback]” in the subject line by this Friday, April 11th at Noon, PDT.
1) IE8 releasing in expected to release in “standards mode”.
(a) What do people in your communities space think about this decision?
(b) What do you predict the impact to be on the customer and/or Developer experience?
(c) Do you have a recommendations on how best to share this information?
2) Our current plan is to communicate this heavily with web site owners and developers. We will be contacting top sites directly, distributing developer FAQs, and writing Knowledge Base articles on authoring to these standards.
(a) Do you think that will be effective at improving the customer experience?
(b) Are there other suggestions do you could offer to transition web sites to be standards-based or to improve the experience for users?
Adobe is removing restrictions about how the specifications on the FLV [Flash Video] and SWF [Flash Application] files can be used, and we’re removing royalties on using Flash Player on mobile devices. We’re also publishing the FlashCast protocol as well as the device porting layer APIs for Flash Player. That will allow people to port Flash Player to a wider range of mobile devices, and also to create a Flash player from scratch, based on the Adobe specifications for the file formats.
Adobe will continue to try to not let the market fragment by providing the best Flash Player there is. We will continue to provide Flash Player across all the major operating systems, and try to make that the best player on each platform so people continue to adopt that one. But now anyone is free to build their own Flash Player.
I don’t know about you, but I’m buying my tickets to Ice Cap Hades today!