The biggest feature it seems to tout is the new Frankensteinian GUI. The name is “aero” I believe, and it is a new “theme” for the user. It takes advantage of 3D widgets, transparency, and many other look and feel enhancements. It will require a high-end PC to run efficiently.
I’ve been playing around with the customization in FireFox lately. Basically, userChrome.css is a Cascading Style Sheet that defines the look of the browser itself thanks to a flavor of XML known as XUL.
Compiz is a desktop manager based on XGL. It is a Linux project that allows the user to manage the workspace in new ways. It takes advantage of the XGL project code, using OpenGL to fuel some very innovative GUI enhancements.
You can find a short demo (11 minutes) and some screenshots here.
If you run Linux, you can also download it via a CVS.
You can use the <img src=”data:img/(type);base64,(base64 string of image)” /> tag format to put an image file directly into the HTML document. This is known as a “Data: URL.”
Nothing much on a Sunday happens, but here’s a bunch of news for the hell of it.