As a follow-up to a previous post, I am excited to note that Yahoo! has released its BrowserPlus technology for general use! This looks like a promising technology and I look forward to playing around with it. I certainly won’t be using it in any client sites any time soon, but I can see it becoming useful in the future.
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Yahoo! recently released a “Sneak Peak” of BrowserPlus, “a technology for web browsers that allows developers to create rich web applications with desktop capabilities.” Perhaps “released” isn’t the right word – Yahoo! is providing the documentation along with a number of demos that utilize the technology, but they are not opening the technology for use by developers yet. BrowserPlus has promise and is a technology I will definitely be following.
I’ve been reading up on Microformats, especially hCard and hCalendar, which are XHTML equivalents of the vCard and iCalendar standards, respectively. Michael McCracken explains the usefulness of Microformats like this:
With Microformats, you can send & publish things like events, business cards, and product reviews as meaningful XHTML that a person can read in a browser, but a program can import, index and remix as native data.
A pretty neat concept. Microformats utilize predefined class names to identify the contents of XHTML tags as data fields. For example, within an hCard, class=”fn” means that the contents of the tag (could be an h1, div, p, span, or any other tag) is the full name of the person described in the hCard. In the near future, I’ll blog about some great uses for various Microformats and, hopefully, show some examples within sites I’ve developed.
I can’t find any information regarding when they did it, but Google has released a service called Google Mars. This new service allows visitors to travel the surface of Mars using the familiar Google Maps interface. Talk about a neat tool!