Internet Explorer team yesterday updated their platform roadmap with a few more features which they have started working on. It includes following three new features, the first one is my favorite which will allow developers to specify different image sets for different devices.
- Responsive Images: image srcset
While today’s devices come with all sorts of different resolution screens, it’s difficult to provide the right image for the device’s capabilities for best experience. This new srcset attribute for image elements, enabling alternate image resources based on the device’s DPI scaling factor. IE team has started with srcset pixel density descriptors for the broadest interoperability, but they are looking at other features like width/height descriptors and the for possible implementation in the future.
- Date Input Controls: Inputting dates in a form is common practice on the Web. We’re beginning the implementation of a variety of new input controls for basic date picking. These controls will use the standard HTML5 types and provide UI that’s friendly to your input device, like our other HTML5 input controls. This work is “phase 1” of 2. This first phase includes date, week, and month controls. The second phase (not yet in development) includes time related inputs.
- Main element: We introduced a number of HTML5 semantic elements in IE9. We’re now adding support for the
element, which represents the main content of the document or application.
Source: IE Blog