Yahoo! to downgrade IE6 in 2011

Yahoo User Interface LibraryYahoo! introduced the Graded Browser Support grid years ago to give developers a guideline on what browsers deserved the greatest amount of resources for debugging, hacking, and development. This has been well received amongst the developer community as a justification for not dwelling on obscure browsers, such as IE5.5 for mac. This has made our code cleaner and easier to maintain as the browser-specific hacks are no longer needed.

Yahoo just announced the GBS change we’ve all been waiting for. IE6 will be downgraded to a C-status browser in Q1, 2011. This means I can finally upgrade my own laptop to IE8! This means we can focus on building for the future and not the past. Excuse me as I hyperventilate over the joy.

Internet Explorer 6: We are forecasting the transition of Internet Explorer 6 from A-grade to C-grade in the next GBS update. The calculus here is simple: The proliferation of devices and browsers on the leading edge (including mobile) requires an increase in testing and attention. That testing and attention should come from shifting resources away from the trailing edge. By moving IE6 to the C-grade, we ensure a consistent baseline experience for those users while freeing up cycles to invest in richer experiences for millions of users coming to the internet today on modern, capable browsers. Note: This forecast should not be taken as an indication that IE6 users will see an abrupt change in their experience of Yahoo! websites in Q1 2011; the change in philosophy toward IE6 will be reflected in new development and products and applied in ways that make sense based on product needs.
Graded Browser Support Update: Q4 2010 – Eric Miraglia and Matt Sweeney, Yahoo! Developer Network

Best Practices for Creating JavaScript

I’m on a mission to relearn JavaScript. My limited skills are from trying to shoehorn scripts into pages without completely understanding the theory. Christian Heilmann, a developer evangelist for Yahoo!, is a great resource for not only learning how to code but also why you should use method A over B.

This presentation by Christian sheds a lot of light on how to create re-usable, maintainable scripts.

YUI 3.0 Gallery now includes modernizr functionality

Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI)Are you working on an HTML5 project and using the latest YUI library from Yahoo? If so, you’ll be happy to know that you can use the modernizr functionality within the YUI3 code.

This extension was added to the YUI Gallery by Pradhap Natarajan: Modernizr (gallery-modernizr).

This is a wrapper for Modernizr library that is used to detect support for many HTML5 & CSS3 features on a browser. More documentation here – http://www.modernizr.com/docs/ Please note that the module does not add the Modernizr object to the global namespace. Instead it will be local to the YUI instance.

Modernizr YUI Library

Modernizr was created to make HTML5 development consistent. It gives hooks for JS and CSS to support the advanced features.

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New Yahoo! BOSS Hacks web site

There’s a lot of information about Yahoo! Boss on the official site: Yahoo! Developer Network. However there is still a need for a more informal portal for quick reviews of BOSS-based mashups, helpful hints, techniques, and upcoming events.

BOSS Hacks is an unofficial Yahoo! BOSS Site that does exactly that. I started it last week as I noticed this site was becoming less about standards based markup and more about how I was working with Yahoo! BOSS.

This site will feature shorter, more succinct blog posts. I’ll save any large posts for the YDN blog. Please feel free to visit the site and send me notes about what you would like to see or any new BOSS-based sites that should be mentioned.