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Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots

Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):

• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.

• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.

• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.

• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.

• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.

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TidBITS Talk Hot Topics: Internet Explorer 5.0

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Last week's article on Internet Explorer spawned numerous discussions in TidBITS Talk that explored different aspects of the new release and the future of the Web browser market in general.

Many people wrote in with their experiences with Internet Explorer 5.0, expressing different opinions about the new look of the interface and commenting on the changes they liked or disliked. Although long, this discussion highlights aspects of Internet Explorer that we weren't able to cover in the review and garnered responses from Microsoft employees.

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Another hot topic, given the emphasis Microsoft placed on its Tasman rendering engine, were pages that Internet Explorer 5.0 failed to render properly. Some were quick to accuse Microsoft, but in at least several cases, it turned out that the pages suffered from mangled HTML. That discussion in turn encourage some members of TidBITS Talk to take a clean-up pass on their own pages, something we should all do on occasion.

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Finally, it became clear that although Internet Explorer 5.0 supports XML, it is not a complete XML 1.0 browser, which can lead to problems working with XML documents. Still, the fact that XML is supported at all is a step forward for many users.

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A number of other smaller discussions covered topics like text size issues, window management, Internet Explorer's approach to text clippings, and the current status of the Mozilla open source project. If you're interested in the world of Web browsers, take a look at these TidBITS Talk hot topics.

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