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Alpha transparency fix; IE improvements?

Bob Osala has created a simple and clever fix to get alpha transparency in PNGs working in Internet Explorer using one JavaScript call. There’s some catches, but it looks to be a fairly elegant solution. This is the type of thing we need more of if Microsoft isn’t going to update the standalone version of its browser.

Those curious about copyright and the Web may want to read the numerous articles by Ivan Hoffman, a lawyer specializing in American Internet and intellectual property law.

If you ever wondered how the “Cascading” part Cascading Style Sheets works, read John Lewis’s excellent post to css-discuss.org

A new article by Paul Festa, the occasionally cantankerous News.com writer on the browser beat, quotes a Microsoft representative as saying:

If you’re using IE now, for Mac or Windows, you will have access to any appropriate updates.… There will be continued innovation and improvement. For the near and immediate future, customers will have access to IE. It's not going anywhere as a product. What happens in the Longhorn [the next version of Windows] timeframe — it’s too early to discuss.

The rep didn’t specify what those improvements would be (they could be just security fixes), and admitted Microsoft doesn’t really know what it’s going to do.