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The rumor mill

Apple’s releases a new multi-button mouse You gotta love it when a rumor site goes the extra mile to claim something that has been rumored —or at least widely desired— for more than a decade as their own handiwork. AppleInsider is reporting that they first predicted Mighty Mouse five months ago.

Assuming for a moment they’ve forgotten that as an air-quotes “News Agency” they aren’t supposed to predict anything, they’re supposed to report the news, they would also presumably be praying to whatever gods they hold dear that their readers don’t click to check out this ‘prediction’.

According to sources who have so far filed accurate reports on Apple's future hardware plans, the company is feverishly working on a two-button wireless optical mouse that it intends to release.

I don’t need to send you to the Mighty Mouse ‘tech specs’ page to point out the difference between a two-button wireless mouse and a four-button wired one, do I? Ugh. Beyond that little tidbit, I’m surprised the hyperactive Mac rumor mill didn’t see this one coming… maybe Apple really has plugged those leaks.


Multiplicity

How did we not notice this? How did we not try it out until we were told? Three months. Three months it has been right under our noses in Safari 1.3 and above. And we only find out today.

It’s multiple CSS background images on the same element, and Dave Hyatt finally spilled his guts. Yes. Multiple. How long we have waited for a browser, any browser, to run that through. Positioned as you please, layered in order of their declaration, playing together in ways that make the old way look prehistoric. Wow.

Oh, the cleanliness. Oh the cries of “you’ll need to wrap a few nonsemantic spans around it” that shall ne’er be heard again. I’m already chafing at the bit to deploy, at least on personal sites, and will gladly do so the moment the Mozilla family lands this feature; Internet Explorer be damned.

Try the demo, if you dare. Then check out the source (excuse the invalidity… my goal was to write as basic an HTML file as you’re ever likely to see), and the stylesheet. Now that shit is simple.

Update

Looks like this code landed in Konqueror too! Rad. [Screenshot]