The "click to activate" step for using certain interactive Web pages with embedded controls will no longer be required when viewing them with Internet Explorer, Microsoft announced Monday.
Microsoft had kept a "click to activate" requirement for interactive Web pages that embedded controls via HTML, in order to avoid patent infringement.
Microsoft has now licensed the technology from Eolas that allows that interaction to happen automatically. Eolas had been engaged in a long-running patent dispute with Microsoft that resulted in a settlement in August.
The result of that agreement is that IE users will no longer … Read more
Mashable, the blog about social networks, launched Mashcodes last week, a sister site devoted to HTML codes for MySpace, blogs, and other social networks that support custom code. The move complements Mashable's coverage of these sites, and Mashcodes is easier to navigate and has fewer annoying ads than competing MySpace code sites like MyProfilePimp and MySpace-Codes.com.
The first thing I wanted to do after joining MySpace was get custom code for my profile. To my surprise, nearly all of the sites I pulled up on a casual Google search had a ton of pop-ups, off-site links, annoying ads, … Read more
Some digital publishers are complaining that the new Microsoft Outlook rolls back design standards by half a decade. The 2007 edition of Outlook, the most popular e-mail client for big businesses, ditches Internet Explorer's technology for that of Word 2007 to display HTML messages.
The result? In your Outlook 2007 in-box, background images may not appear within dressed-up HTML messages. Forget about filling out certain forms. Animated GIF images won't play, and a red X will mark the spot where a Flash movie would be. ALT tags, which describe pictures and help blind people to "see" … Read more