Final Version of Internet Explorer 8

IE8Microsoft released the final version of Internet Explorer 8 last week on 19th March to continue the web browser war. This latest version brings a number of new user-friendly features, intended to make browsing the internet more convenient, fast and secure. Internet Explorer 8 is also the latest challenge to its main rival, Mozilla Firefox for the quest of web browser battle.

Internet Explorer 8 is now available in 25 languages for Windows Vista, XP and Windows Server. However, Internet Explorer 8 won’t be available for the Mac.

Microsoft says IE8 beats other top browsers in page-load time on almost 50 percent of the top 25 comScore Web sites. Microsoft also pointed to some new features to help consumers save time, including accelerators, Web slices, and visual search suggestions. Accelerators are built-in tools to let user translate text, search or handle mapping inside through window inside the working browser window. Web Slices let users put a small portion of busy web page to their favorite bar and keep it updated, such as bidding activities. The Instant Search Box in Internet Explorer 8 enables real-time searches of sites such as The New York Times, Amazon.com and Wikipedia, as well as users’ favorites and previously visited sites, complete with visuals and detailed information, to save time.

There are number of security features has been added to Internet Explorer 8 such as protection against installing malicious Active-X controls, cross-site scripting attacks, increased protection against malware, and click-jacking. To secure browsing activities, Microsoft has added InPrivate browsing mode that keep no history of user activities.

The user interface in Internet Explorer has been significantly improved, make web browsing more convenient, faster and more organized. The features such as ability to recommend sites, a new visual search, and group color-coded browser tabs are welcomed additions, especially to anyone that use the internet frequently.

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Most Popular Web Browser Toolbars

A toolbar sits on your web browser and facilitates quick access to many useful functions making online surfing easier. Here is a list of popular toolbars for your web browser.

Popular Browser Toolbars

Google Toolbar – Search with Google from any web page, block annoying pop-ups and automatically fill out forms are just few of the popular features. Check spellings, Auto link and see the page Rank. It also provides quick access to all major Google services.

Yahoo Toolbar – It allows searching the web with pop-up blocker, Anti-Spy Window Spyware protection, Quick access to Yahoo services, and add fresh content to My Yahoo! easily to name a few features. And now available with tabbed browsing in IE.

Windows Live Toolbar – It is available with tabbed browsing in IE, form filler, pop up blocker, multiple search options, self updating and feed detector.

MSN Toolbar – Browse smarter with tabs and switch between websites within the same IE window. Search the Web and easily locate documents, e-mail messages etc. Fill out online forms and one click Access to MSN services.

Alexa Toolbar – A free search and navigation companion that accompanies you as you surf, providing useful information about the websites you visit including traffic info. and contact info. Find related links for each page and share opinions.

Stumble Upon – Lets you surf, review and share great webpages while meeting new people. Vote sites you like and read reviews about them.

Wikipedia Toolbar – The Wikipedia Firefox extension makes editing of Wikipedia pages easier by adding a new toolbar to your browser and by providing new menu items in the context menu (right mouse key).

So which toolbar you consider essential?

Important reasons for using web standards

For web programmers who are already using web standards, this list may come in helpful when you want good arguments and feel free to add any extra benefits you can think of. If you’re new to the idea of web standards and are unsure on whether you should spend the time to study all about them or not, here are some of the most important reasons for doing so.

Get better search engine rankings
Well-written content delivered through clean, well-structured, and semantic markup is delicious food for search engine spiders and will help our rankings. This will lead to increased traffic, which is what most website owners want.

Maximize website visitors
You don’t know which browser visitors will use to access your site. The only thing you can be logically sure of is that they are using something that can parse HTML. By using web standards properly you make sure that you have completed your job in making your website work with the largest possible number of browsing devices.

Faster page loading
Clean and well-structured HTML that separates structure and content from presentation will be smaller and faster for visitors to download.

Accessibility
Web standards do not guarantee that all features of our website will be accessible to people with disabilities, but it is a very good start. Make sure your html documents are valid, well-structured, and semantic, and you’re well on the way towards having an accessible website.

Make our HTML easier to maintain
When we need to update our website then we will like to browse through a clean and well-structured document. Using CSS to organize layout also makes it much easier to make overall website design changes.

Look professional
Our colleagues, competitors, friends and potential employers will be able to look at our work and know that the person likes to keep up with changes in technology and make sure that his knowledge and skills are always current. It will make us look like a real web professional.

Making our clients feel good
Use web standards combined with best practices for accessibility and give your clients a chance to talk about how they cater to all people, and how they find it important that everybody can use their services or find information about their products. You will also avoid the bad publicity that can be caused by shutting out visitors like disabled people, Mac users, and mobile phone users.

Future-proof content
If we separate content from presentation and use current web standards, we have done the best we can to ensure that our website content can still be read even after fifty years or hundred years.

Good business sense
Any business owner will like to have more visitors, a faster website, improved search engine rankings, potential good publicity and it does make sense to do so.

Accurate way to do things
Web standards provide the way to build the web from the beginning and now that we can surely do something the right way and have a really important reason to feel good about ourselves.

Mozilla Firfox Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are some of the Shortcuts for Mozilla Firefox I know and I will update regularly this page if I know new shortcuts.

Surfing with in websites
Alt + Home : Go to homepage (typically people’s favorite search engine)
Alt + Arrow left or back : One page backwards
Alt + Arrow right : One page forward
Alt + D or Ctrl + L : Jump to address bar and selects all text in it.
Ctrl + Enter : Complete .com address in the address bar.
Shift + Enter : Complete .net address in the address bar.
Ctrl + Shift + Enter : Complete .org address. Type in for example “firefox” and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter
Ctrl + B or Ctrl + I : Show bookmarks.
Ctrl + D : Add bookmark
Ctrl + Shift + D : Bookmark all tabs
Alt + B + A – Z : Jumps to any bookmarked website in your main bookmark folder which begins with the letter you specify.
Ctrl + H : Show history.

Using with the Firefox Browser Tabs
Ctrl + T : Open new tab in the same Window
Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + Page down : Jump to next tab
Ctrl + Shift + tab or Ctrl + Page down : Jump to previous tab
Ctrl + 1 – Ctrl + 9 : Jump to tab 1 – 9
Ctrl + w or Ctrl + Q : Close Browser Tab

Surfing within websites with Mozilla Firefox
Arrow Down : Down one line. The ideal way to scroll through websites.
Arrow Up : Up one line. The ideal way to scroll through websites.
Tab : Jump to next link when cursor is positioned in browser window. Other than that, jumps between address bar and browser tabs.
Shift + Tab : Jump to previous link when cursor is positioned in browser window. Other than that, jumps between address-bar and browser-tabs.
Enter : Open selected link.
Shift + Enter : Open a selected link in new window.
Enter : Open selected link.
Shift + Enter : Open a selected link in new window.
Alt + Enter : Download a selected link.
Ctrl + Enter : Open a selected link in a (new background) tab.
Ctrl + – : Decrease text size.
Ctrl + + : Increase text size.
Ctrl + 0 : Default text size.
F5 or Ctrl + R : Reload Page.
Ctrl + F5 : Reload Page with Cache override.
Escape : Stop loading page. Can also be sued to close search window if it is open.
F6 : Go to next frame (or switches between address bar and browser window if page has no frames).
Shift + F6 : Go to previous frame.
F7 : Turn caret mode on/off (navigation with keyboard).
Shift + F10 : Open Context Menu. If you are for example on a link within a website, you could press Shift + F10 to copy link location.

Using with Forms in Mozilla Firefox
Tab : Jumps to next Form Element.
Shift + Tab : Jumps to previous Form Element.
Space : Activates and/or deactivates Radio Buttons and Check boxes.
Alt + Arrow down : Select Select from a drop down menu. Then use arrow up and arrow down plus return to make your choice.
Ctrl + X : Cut (when working in forms).
Ctrl + V : Paste selected text when working with forms.

Find text and links in websites
Ctrl + F or ‘ : Open search window and find key phrase in page (as you type).
/ : Open search window and find link in page (as you type).
F3 or Ctrl + G : Find next.
Escape : Close search window.
Shift + F3 : Find previous.

Using with the Firefox Browser Window
Ctrl + N or Alt + F + N : Opens new Browser Window.
Ctrl + Shift + W or Alt + F4 : Close browser window.
Alt + Space : Opens the Title Bar Menu.
Alt + Space + Enter : Restores Firefox Window to smaller size if window is spreading on full screen.
Alt + Space + X : Restores Firefox Window to maximum.
Alt + Space + N : Minimizes Firefox Window.

Using with the Firefox Menu Bar
Alt or F10 : Jumps to the menu bar. From here you can navigate and activate between the menu items on top of the browser window.
Alt + F : Opens File Menu.
Alt + E : Opens Edit Menu.
Alt + V : Opens View Menu.
Alt + G : Opens Go Menu.

Other Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts
Ctrl + A : Select all on the page.
Ctrl + C : Copy selected text.
Ctrl + P : Print.
Alt + F + V : Print Preview – File – Print Preview.
Ctrl + O : Open file.
Ctrl + U : Show page source.
Ctrl + S : Save page as.
F1 : Firefox Help.
F11 : Full page view.
Ctrl + J : Show Download Window. Pressing Ctrl + J again (or Alt + F4 closes the window again.
Ctrl + E : Jump to search bar (usually located in top right corner).
Ctrl + K : Jump to search bar (usually located in top right corner).
Ctrl + Arrow up : Toggle Search Engines when in search field (after Ctrl + E got you there)

Shortcuts for Internet Explorer 8

Here are keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8)

Ctrl + A : Selects the entire page
Crtl + B : Brings up the ‘Organize Favorites’ dialog box
Crtl + C : Shortcut for copy in internet explorer 8
Ctrl + D : Shortcut to Bookmark a website
Ctrl + E : Open the Internet explorer 8 Search bar
Ctrl + F : Brings up the Find dialog box
Ctrl + N : Opens a new browser window
Ctrl + P : Prints the current page
Crtl + O : Brings up the ‘file open’ dialog box
Ctrl + H : Brings up the History window
Ctrl + R : Reloads/refreshes the current page
Ctrl + S : Shortcut to save complete webpage in internet explorer 8
Ctrl + V : Shortcut for paste in internet explorer 8
Ctrl + W : Closes IE 8 or the active tab in IE 8

F4 : Drops down the address bar combo box
F5 : Refreshes the page
F6 : Change the focus of address bar and page
F11 : Toggles between full-screen mode and normal mode

Alt + Home : Takes you to your homepage
Alt + Right arrow : Forwards you by one page in the available page stack
Alt + Left arrow : Takes you to the previous page in the available page stack

Esc : Stops loading the current page
Backspace : Takes you to the previously loded page
Tab : Move forward through different boxes and controls items on opened web page
End : Move to the end of a web page

Ctrl + Enter : In the address bar, avoid typing http, ://www and .com by just typing the domain name and pressing Ctrl + Enter
Enter : Not sure if the domain name ends with .com or .net? Type the domain name & press enter. IE will search for the domain

Shift + Left click : Opens the clicked link in new window
Shift + F10 : Used to show shortcut menu for a hyperlink

HTML 5: the next version of the HTML

World Wide Web Consortium released the first working draft for HTML 5 this year in January. It is a fifth major revision of the HTML we all use every day. When HTML 5 is expressed in XML, it is called XHTML 5. The current version of HTML is 4 which developed in 1999.

Apple, Opera, and the Mozilla Foundation – major browser vendors – came together as a group called Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WhatWG) to build up an updated and upgraded version of HTML. W3C took note of these developments and started its own next-generation HTML effort with many of the same members.

This new version HTML 5 also goes under the name Web Applications 1.0 and it would be immediately familiar to existing HTML programmers. There are no namespaces or schemas. Elements don’t have to be closed. Browsers are forgiving of errors. A p is still a p, and a table is still a table. At the same time, we would come across some new and confusing elements. Our div remain, but now HTML includes section, header, footer, and nav as well. em, code, and strong are still present, but so are meter, time, and m. img and embed continue to be used, but now there are video and audio too. However, closer inspection by the html programmer would reveal that these elements aren’t that different. This can also be an effort to make HTML more developer friendly; the datagrid controls seem similar to those of ASP.NET in name and possibly functionality too.

It was explicitly designed to degrade gracefully in browsers that don’t support it. It provides real benefits to programmers today while promising even more for future page visitors.

But remember that HTML 5 is still a draft and this draft may not be finalized for years, work on HTML 5 continues. Perhaps it will be in our browsers in December 2010.

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HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language)

HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is a type of computer language that is primarily used for files that are posted on the internet and viewed by web browsers. All text, graphics and design elements of a web page are “tagged” with codes that instruct the web browser how to display the files. These files are easy to identify because they contain the file extension of ‘html’ or ‘htm’. HTML files provide layout and formatting information. There are many different software utilities and programs available to help web designer in generating HTML pages.

To convert a simple text file into HTML page we need to create tags that start and finish with angle brackets. To end the formatting or change to another format, the HTML developer types the first angle bracket, a backslash, then repeats the command and closes the bracket.

For example, <b>What is HTML?<b> is the code used to create the bold text.

There are different codes for all sorts of other formatting including italics, tables, paragraphs etc. The anchor or “A” tag is used to create hyperlinks to other pages.

Simple HTML document looks like:

<html>
<head>
<title>Vikas Khera</title>
</head>
<body>
This is my blog.
</body>
</html>