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SpellingCow followup

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Just got the following message from Craig Nuttall, the creator of SpellingCow, as a comment to my LiteSpellChecker post:

Hello All. Right now I am spell checking this message as I type. I am the creator of SpellingCow ( http://www.spellingcow.com ). I would like to thank Emil for his hard work as he inspired my creation. […]

SpellingCow

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Browsed slashdot earlier today, and saw a post about SpellingCow, a remotely hosted ajax spell checker.
My initial reaction was “cool, someone picked up on my ajax spell checker idea and made something useful out of it”.
However as soon as I tried it I noticed a remarkable resemblance to the LiteSpellChecker component I wrote, as a […]

WebKit for Windows

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Now this is great news; Apple’s WebKit (the rendering component powering the Safari web browser) has been ported to Windows, complete with a browser called Swift. I doubt many will use it, at least for now, it’s not quite as mature as the other offerings. However having another browser to chose from is a good […]

WebFX License Change

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

We’ve just announced a license change over at WebFX, replacing our commercial/non-commercial/gpl triple with the Apache Software License 2.0.
Although most of the components available there are relatively old, the bulk of them from 2001/2002, some even older, I still believe some of them are relevant today.
With this license change more projects, open source as well […]

The List, One Year Later

Monday, May 29th, 2006

About a year ago I wrote about Joel Spolsky’s list of things that cannot be well done in web applications.

Create a fast drawing program.
Build a real-time spell checker with wavy red underlines.
Warn users that they are going to lose their work if they hit the close box of the browser.
Update a small part of […]

Chart 1.02

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

I’ve update the WebFX Chart widget to use the new, and superior, ExplorerCanvas IE Emulation layer instead of my old IECanvas one.
I’ve also included the excellent jsgraphics painter implementation contributed by Ma Bingyao in the official version.
This brings the number of painter implementations to three; canvas, svg and jsgraphics, although the svg one is still […]

ExplorerCanvas

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Shortly after I announced my Canvas in IE project a while back it became apparent that I wasn’t the only one trying to bring Canvas to IE. Glen, and Erik, had recently started a similar venture and suggested we join forces. Having one good IE implementation makes a lot more sense than two competing ones.
Check […]

SVG in IE

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Been quite busy lately, work has occupied most of my time and it looks like it will be that way for the remainder of the winter and spring as well, most of which I’ll spend in Manila.
Anyway, it seems like Mark Finkle picked up the ball and started working on SVG in IE. Although not […]

Charts

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

The very first thing I though about when I started to play around with canvas was that it would be great to make charts with.
There are quite a few places where client side charts makes more sense than those generated on the server side and sent as an image.
For instance if the date originates […]

Canvas in IE Feedback

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Seems quite a few sites picked up on my Canvas in IE project, a lot of nice and encouraging things has been said about it. Thanks.
However Alex Russell raised a very good point:
“I’m really not sure that <canvas> is something we should be emulating…SVG Tiny + DOM bindings OTOH…”
And the more I think about it […]