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Yahoo, YUI, & Browser History

February 20, 2007

Today, the YUI blog mentions they’ve released a great new version. As you probably know, we’re a huge fan of YUI – we couldn’t have done our fantastic new UI without it. We’ll be at the YUI party this week, celebrating with everyone else.


When talking about the new Browser History Manager, they mention that “No one, as far as we know, has resolved the technical issues in a satisfactory way across the A-Grade.” Alas, that’s just not true – SmugMug has solved this technical issue, and we did it first. What’s more, the YUI team knows about it – we had lunch with them and told them exactly how we did it. Their Safari implementation is exactly the same as what we did and explained. We even offered to give our code back to them under a BSD license so they wouldn’t have to duplicate our work.

It looks like they missed one technical detail of our implementation, though. Safari has an issue with “permathrobber” (basically, the Safari throbber never stops throbbing) which we managed to solve.

Note that I’m not upset that they have a great Browser History Manager – far from it. I just wish they’d give us a little credit where credit is due, given that we pimp YUI any chance we get for them.

We built it first, they know it, and sharing the love is the right thing to do.

UPDATE: Just called Yahoo and the love is still flowing. 🙂 Turns out the two guys who wrote the Browser History Manager are new to the team, weren’t at our lunch, and had no idea what we were doing. Great minds think alike. 🙂 And Yahoo can’t accept our code currently, even under a BSD license, but they’re working hard at getting that changed. Sounds like an internal big-company roadblock.

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  1. February 20, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Don, I apologize for the oversight. The miscommunication was my fault. The folks who wrote Browser History Manager are new to the YUI team and weren’t at our lunch. They arrived at their solution independently.

    You know we love you guys, we pimp you too:

    Apologies again.


    PS: Glad to hear you’re coming to the party on Thursday, the beer’s on me.

    Nate Koechley,
    Yahoo! User Interface Library

  2. February 21, 2007 at 7:09 am

    Great post. How do you feel about the “new guy who wasn’t at the lunch” line? Sure it could be true but doesn’t it sound a little too convenient? PS: If I loved your blog any more, it would be illegal in several states.

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