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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Web Bug Track - A Brief Update

The status quo

Well, here we are 1 year later! It was a year ago we first welcomed you to this "bug blog". It started as just a simple concept... a way to track web bugs in HTML, JavaScript, DOM, CSS, etc. in the world wide web of Web Browsers.

The landscape has changed significantly since starting this blog. Mozilla released Firefox 3, a worthy successor to the hugely popular Firefox 2, even setting a Guinness World Record in the process. Opera released the latest update to their browser, squashing a several pesky bugs and improving their Web Standards by drifting away from legacy IE-spoofing and being the first to pass the ACID3 test! The KDE folks released Konqueror 4.0, boosting speed and cleaning up rendering issues they had. Safari has been making leaps and bounds with WebKit in terms of supporting advanced CSS3 properties and being the second browser to pass the ACID3 test. Finally Microsoft re-opened their bug tracking tool "IE Feedback" on the Connect site when IE8 Beta 1 was released to developers. This was a welcome change as there was much frustration when Microsoft decided to close it (and remove all entries) after IE7 went RTM. We hope that it will remain open when IE8 goes RTM later this year, however if it doesn't you can rest assured that Web Bug Track isn't going anywhere!.

Alas when we began this blog, there was a simple concept we wanted to fulfill. Allow Web Developers and Designers a source to track bugs (regardless of which Browser / Vendor they were for), provide clear workarounds where known to get around bugs and lastly allow the community an opportunity to share their bug findings, so that we can all benefit.

So here we are now getting 1,000s upon 1,000s of hits every month from Developers looking for workarounds, or just looking to find out which versions of a browser are affected by a bug, or which HTML elements have issues in which browser. I can tell you that from the stats and the praise I've received thus far, I feel overwhelmingly satisfied that this experiment has been a huge success... and obviously filled a need in the "Developers Toolbox" of tips and tricks.

So where to now?

Good question! There's a few changes coming up that I think will make things that much better.

The Recent Updates Section will allow returning visitors to easily spot changes to bugs / workarounds. An addition to Google's Knol Reference Pages allows direct linking/searching of bugs here on Web Bug Track by Browser, HTML Element Type, JavaScript Method or Property. There will be a few more additions too, but I'll keep those as a surprise for now. ;-)

Thanks for making Web Bug Track a success! I hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as I've enjoyed putting it all together.


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1 comment:

Kit Sunde said...

This is the first time I've noticed it probably because there's more text than usual but could you please change that background picture, it's awkward having to lean in or highlight text when the bugs foot or the bulbs socket gets in the away.