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|||||Morcheeba -Rome wasn't built in a day||]|
So I participated in the 48 hour Node.js Knockout competition together with
James Halliday and Joshua Holbrook. Our team was called Dark Knights and we
created an online chess application called Node Chess.
Oh, and it works only [on] Chrome. Ancient-browsers-please-be-gone!
My question is: how can you call Firefox, whose
latest stable release was on the 23 of July
this year and which has perfectly usable and nightly builds ancient?
It is highly possible that due to the recent hype surrounding HTML 5 and its
mutually partial implementation by the different browsers, that we are entering
a situation where many sites or demos will only work on particular browsers.
This didn't start with Peteris' post - naturally. Previously, someone from
the Israeli Internet Society
referred me to some demos that said required a WebKit-based browser, and during
a presentation about HTML 5 in an "Alphageeks" meeting, the presenter had
to use three different browsers, because all the features he wanted to
demonstrate did not work on all of them. And this is without taking
block of non-"Apple Safari" browsers from its HTML 5 demos
and the fact that www.spice-space.org
obnoxiously redirects you to
And as a commenter on Reddit for a web demo said, while the
demoscene people have
been trying to produce demos that utilise the most out of the computer's
resources, the web demos have come to waste a lot of resources in creating
anachronistic demos, whose only selling point is that they run inside
a browser. As Joel
on Software notes:
Combined with the speed and responsiveness from Ajax,
FogBugz has almost reached the level of speed and fluidity of my dry
cleaner's DOS 2.0 character mode database application. And that's pretty darn
responsive for a web app.
Are we headed into another "Best viewed with Netscape 2.0", "Best viewed with
Internet Explorer 4.0", etc. era of web fragmentation, because we opened
the Pandora box of HTML 5? As for me, if I were a judge on that competition
that Peteris took part of, I would fail his project due to not being capable
of running on my ancient browser.