jQuery 1.11.1 RC2 and 2.1.1 RC2 Released

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Spring has sprung, and these release candidates for jQuery 1.11.1 and 2.1.1 are in full bloom. You know what that means? It’s time to get serious about testing! We really want our next release to be solid and reliable, and to do that we need your help. Please try out these files in your projects and pages, just a quick test would be appreciated. If you unearth any problems, let us know at bugs.jquery.com.

The beta files are located on the jQuery CDN, you can include them directly from the CDN if you like (but don’t use them in production!). As always, the 1.x branch includes support for IE 6/7/8 and the 2.x branch does not:

http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.1-rc2.js
http://code.jquery.com/jquery-2.1.1-rc2.js

Here are the bugs fixed since the last official release (1.11.0 and 2.1.0):

Common to jQuery 1.11.1 RC2 and 2.1.1 RC2

Ajax

Attributes

Build

Core

Css

Dimensions

Event

Misc

jQuery 1.11.1 RC2

Css

jQuery 2.1.1 RC2

Ajax

Attributes

Core

Css

Event

Manipulation

Selector

jQuery Chicago Pebble Giveaway and Filing Extension

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As we announced at the end of jQuery San Diego in February, we’re excited that the next stop for #jqcon is Chicago! In case you missed the news, we’ll be setting up shop in the City That Never Sleeps Isn’t Windy on September 12th & 13th, 2014. We’re partnering again with Bocoup to make it a four-day affair, bringing you Roost on September 11th & 12th.

Speaker Filing Extension

While we can’t do anything about today’s deadline for those of us in the US to file our tax returns, we can offer our own form of amnesty: a two-week-plus extension of our Call for Speakers until the end of April! If you got swamped in receipts – or anything else – and thought you’d missed your chance to submit, breathe a sigh of relief, and if you didn’t know the call was even open, this should hopefully provide you enough time to come up with a solid talk proposal. (And if you already have submitted, thanks!)

We’re experimenting a bit with our time slot construction in Chicago, so if you have a talk that you feel needs to go deep into technical material and run for 45 minutes or an hour, or want to lead a more hands-on-workshop type of session for even longer, we’re eager to hear about it and encourage you to to get in touch with questions about your ideas at [email protected] or on the #jquery-content channel on Freenode.

Join Us

Our early bird tickets have been going fast and will likely be gone before our original early-bird cutoff of May 31st, so if you’re aiming to keep another 50 bucks in your deep-dish pizza budget, you’ll want to act sooner than later!

The conference will be right downtown at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, and we’re able to offer attendees of both jQuery Chicago and Roost a discounted rate if you register as part of our room block.

Join Us…Together!

We’ve always held that jQuery is better with friends, and if you’ve got colleagues you want to attend with or send to the conference, we have group packages available that include sponsorships and discounts. Get in touch with us for a prospectus and to figure out how to get your team to Chicago!

A “Rocky” Start

Pebble logo If the prospect of jQuery’s first foray into the Old Northwest wasn’t exciting enough, we’re psyched to inform you that we’ll be giving away classic Pebble devices throughout ticket sales. We’ll take a random draw of people who’ve bought tickets each month and select 2-3 folks who’ll receive a Pebble from us (and the kind folks at Pebble who’ve donated the devices) at the conference in September. The sooner you buy, the better your odds, so what are you waiting for? This post is over anyway!

Browser Support in jQuery 1.12 and Beyond

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With Microsoft ending Windows XP support this month, we’re giving the jQuery community some long-lead-time notice on changes to browser support.

First of all, don’t panic! Nothing is really changing with respect to the browsers that can run jQuery for at least six more months. Our goal is to let everyone in the web development community know what the jQuery team intends to do over the next year, so that you can plan accordingly.

What’s Changing?

There are no firm dates, but we plan on releasing jQuery core versions 1.12 and 2.2 this year. jQuery 1.13/2.3 will be released some time in 2015.

jQuery 1.12: This will be the last release to support Internet Explorer 6 and 7. As of today, no feature requests or bug fixes will be landed for them. Only serious regressions for these browsers will be fixed in patch releases (e.g., 1.12.1). jQuery 1.13 will support IE8 as its minimum browser.

Both jQuery 1.12 and 2.2: These will be the last releases to support Opera 12.1x and Safari 5.1. As of today, no feature requests or bug fixes will be landed for them. Only serious regressions for these browsers will be fixed in patch releases (e.g., 1.12.1 or 2.2.1).

Both jQuery 1.13 and 2.3: We will remove patches and workarounds that are specific to API conformance for the browsers we no longer support, in order to simplify the code base.

What you need to do: If your projects use a package manager that pulls in the latest release of jQuery, keep in mind that the 1.12-to-1.13 or 2.2-to-2.3 upgrade will reduce browser coverage. You may want to stay on 1.12 or lower if support for older browsers is required. See the instructions of your package manager for details on how to do that.

The Meaning of “Support”

Defining what “support” means is trickier than you might think. Under the premise that “untested code is broken code,” the jQuery core team prefers to say we fully support a browser if the project regularly runs unit tests against that browser. The unit tests ensure that every API returns a consistent set of results in all browsers.

Even when we support a browser, there can be bugs we can’t reasonably fix. For example, Internet Explorer 6 through 11 fire focus and blur events asynchronously and the code required to make them appear synchronous would be significant. Safari on iOS doesn’t support the onbeforeunload event which is pretty much impossible to shim. Until last month, Firefox didn’t respect overflow: hidden on a fieldset element. We try to work with browser vendors to get these bugs fixed.

On browsers that we don’t officially support, we still work hard to eliminate “killer bugs” such as script errors during initialization that make the page totally unusable. If you want to see the lengths to which we go to deal with obscure problems, look at this browser-crashing Android 2.3 bug on Japanese phones which was extremely intermittent and hard to diagnose. With the help of several users we were able to track down and work around the problem.

It comes down to this: We can only ensure high-quality continuing support for the browsers and environments we constantly unit-test. However, we will try to provide some reasonable level of support to browsers in any popular environment. The highest priority will be on ensuring the browser doesn’t throw errors. Low priority will be put on ensuring that old or rare browsers produce the exact same API results as modern browsers.

Who Uses Old Browsers Now?

When looking at browser stats, don’t look at where they are today. Think about where they will be in 2015. All told, we think all these browsers will be in the small single digits of market share by then. If numbers from StatCounter can be believed, these browsers are already there and will be even less prevalent when jQuery finally drops support.

Ultimately these whole-Internet stats don’t matter though. What really matters is whether the visitors to your site or users of your web application are running a particular browser. That is something that only you can answer. The decision to upgrade to a new jQuery version is always in your hands as a developer.

The Myth of Browser Consistency

Today and long into the future, jQuery will still contain dozens of browser-specific fixes to normalize behavior. At this point, the most problematic and troublesome browser for jQuery 2.x is the one in Android 2.3. That version is still a significant 20 percent of the Android installed base, and still being shipped in new mobile products. Several JavaScript features like element.classList are not supported there, and it’s one of the last browsers to still require -webkit-prefixing for standardized CSS properties.

jQuery projects are all about making your development life easier, so we’ll continue to support the fixes that are needed to smooth out inconsistencies on popular browsers. As the market share of specific browsers dwindles to zero, we’ll take the opportunity to remove their patches and de-support them in order to streamline our code bases. That makes all jQuery pages a little bit faster.