Scrolling transforms, synchronized passwords and the new resources panel

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While the release managers were busy with the release of Chrome 7, the rest of the developers checked in another 635 changes. Meanwhile, over at WebKit, 498 more changes contributed to another busy week.

As part of the ongoing effort on making the Web Inspector tools as convenient as possible, Pavel Feldman continued work on merging the Storage and the Resources panels. The new panel contains both the storage items as the resources used to build the current page, combined in a clear tree view. Meanwhile, the Network panel UI has been polished a bit, which hopefully brings it a bit closer to being released.

Google’s Ben Murdoch added support for two new methods on the Document object: document.createTouch and document.createTouchList. Until now, these two properties were only available for the iPhone browser, but since other WebKit-based mobile browsers are gaining strongly in popularity, as well as the fact that many websites use them to check for touch-support, it made sense to add them to the document object.

No, it did not open Anne van Kesteren’s website in some ancient proprietary browser, this actually happened in the latest Chromium build. A subject I have deliberately not mentioned in my posts is Dave Hyatt’s amazing work on supporting the text and block-flow defined in the CSS3 Writing Modes module. Last Thursday a patch landed adding the possibility to have vertical text on your pages.

While there’s still a lot of work to do before the implementation will be finished, you can play around with it by downloading a Chromium build and using the “-webkit-writing-mode” property with the “vertical-rl” value. The feature has been available in Internet Explorer since version seven as well.

In terms of improved standard support, WebKit’s document.write now ignores calls from delayed scripts (r5616 of the HTML5 spec). The “in select”-mode has been added to the HTML parser and the “in foreign content”-mode has been rewritten. The rich-editing RemoveFormat command has been rewritten as well.

Other changes last week include:

I’m hoping to publish a blog post about the CSS writing modes in the next week, as there certainly are a lot of interesting things to talk about. And, of course, another last week update in about seven days!

4 Responses to “Scrolling transforms, synchronized passwords and the new resources panel”

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October 26, 2010 at 3:38 am

Peter, I think you forgot the “Scrolling transforms” part (in the text, that is).

Thank you for another informative post!

Peter Beverloo

October 26, 2010 at 7:35 am

Hi Andy. It’s listed with the other changes, pointing to this commit 🙂

I kind of wish the HTTP header information had stayed in the Resources panel. It’s much more awkward to find it now, since you have to use the log in the Network panel. It sucks because you have to turn it on and clear it manually. >.>

Peter Beverloo

November 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I’m quite sure that it will be returning. The tabs are present and working, at least in the latest Chromium build, but have been hidden using CSS.

For reference, they have been hidden in r71967.