Monthly Archives: November 2007

Jimmy Wales supports Firefox

The New York Times Magazine profiles Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and interviews him about various aspects of his life including his computer:

It’s a MacBook, and I put stickers on it from all the conferences I attend and things I support. In Japan, for example, the Firefox web browser has this cute mascot. It’s a fox with a flaming tail, and I have those stickers.

Jimmy, we appreciate your support. Foxkeh thanks you for putting him on your laptop as he enjoys traveling the world and meeting lots of people who are interested in online culture.

Jimmy Wales – Wikipedia – New York Times

browser and web content compatibility in Asia

As web browser diversity broadens both on mobile and the desktop, web site compatibility and support of open web standards are more and more important.

In light of the non-compatibility of many websites in Asia outside of Internet Explorer, an open source software promotion forum funded by the governments of China, Japan and Korea have pooled resources to prepare a report that extensively reports on the discrepancies in web interoperability looking at the dominant browser (Internet Explorer) and the leading open source browser (Firefox.) This is not necessarily new information per se, but it is information that was compiled by web experts from China, Japan and Korea.

The foreword of the report states:

NEAOSS Forum (Northeast Asia Open Source Software promotion Forum) was formed by China, Korea and Japan governments and regional organizations for OSS promotion; China OSS Promotion Union, Korea OSS Promotion Forum and Japan OSS Promotion Forum. The Forum intends to promote Open Source Software in the northeast Asia area. NEAOSS Forum formed “WG3: Standardization and Certification Study” in order to study Open Source Software standardization and certification in July 2004. NEAOSS Forum WG3 formed subsidiary group SWG2 in June 2006 to accelerate promotion of OSS, to enhance Web interoperability between an existing proprietary browser, which currently has large market share, and OSS Web browsers. This document was prepared by the NEAOSS Forum WG3 and is classified as Technical Report type 3.

Northeast Asia OSS Promotion Forum Working Group 3 – Report of Web interoperability discrepancy (pdf)

Abstract: This technical report is to identify current situation of Web interoperability and to provide information to public. By figuring out and classifying the Web interoperability discrepancies, this report provides the foundation of further research.

The summary of the report states:

There are total 168 discrepancies reported in the survey. The result of this survey, however, does not reveal all discrepancies between IE and Firefox. It is impossible to gather all discrepancies because this laborious work is similar to fixing all bugs of software.

(long list of incompatibilities)

It is important that Web developer make their Web content with opened [sic] and widely used format to be accessed by many users.

I am often asked about web site compatibility in Japan or Asia. While this report only covers China, Japan and Korea, it is a clear indication that website compatibility has a long way to go in North East Asia. As the report says, it is “the foundation of further research.”

John Resig in Japan

Last week John Resig, Mozilla’s JavaScript Evangelist, was in town to speak on Tamarin and ECMAScript 4 (i.e. JavaScript 2) at Adobe Max Japan, as well ‘The Future of JavaScript‘ an event organized by Mozilla Japan and supported by the JavaScript user community of Japan, Shibuya.JS. A few photos from John’s presentations are available on my Flickr account. The Adobe event had about 100 attendees and the Mozilla Japan event was sold out in less than 3 hours with 106 attendees. This was the second event we’ve done with Shibuya.JS (the first being Mozilla 24 where they had a very popular presentation.)

After John’s presentation, Yoshinori Takesato of Cybozu Labs presented a Shibuya.JS Digest. Yu Kobayashi, Hiroshi Shimoda of Clear Code, and amachang of Cybozu Labs also presented on the state of affairs of JavaScript in Japan and did a Q&A with Resig.

A few people in the audience blogged about the event including Jun Kaneko of Six Apart, naoya_t-san, nitoyon-san, and kawasaki-san.

共有と多様性 : The Future of JavaScriptGoodpic

Shibuya.JS×Mozilla Japan のイベントに John Resig が登場!

The Future of JavaScript メモてっく煮ブログ

紫ログ:The Future of JavaScript – livedoor Blog(ブログ)

We also had about 270 people watching the video stream at

There are a bunch of photos from the event up on Flickr tagged ‘shibuyajs‘.

AtmarkIT (mainstream web media) covered the event:


Let me take a moment to highlight amachang-san’s presentation, ‘Fast JS XPath Engine for IE (and Safari2)’ which he has online at

amachang uses jQuery and JavaScript to make a really cool browser-based presentation that looks a lot like Keynote but is online and searchable, etc.. The arrow keys (left and right) step through the presentation slide by slide. The up arrow key shows 20 slides at a time in a 4×5 matrix, and in the matrix mode, you can look at the next 20 slides by using the side arrow keys. The down-arrow key brings you back to the presentation slide. I highly recommend you try it- it’s quite cool.

John Resig in Tokyo

As I had mentioned earlier in September, John Resig, Mozilla’s JavaScript evangelist, is speaking in Tokyo on Thursday at Adobe MAX Japan, and on Friday at “The Future of JavaScript” that Mozilla Japan has organized with the help of Japan’s JavaScript user group, Shibuya.JS.  Mozilla invited Shibuya.JS to Mozilla 24 earlier in September and we are happy to have their support for this event in November.  Unfortunately the talks are both sold out at this time but John will be posting his slides as he usually does.