As for many of the animations, fades, slides, etc in the
widgets themselves, they simply look so damn cool because
of Safari’s rich support for CSS3 used in conjunction
with DHTML. Do you know what I talked about at WWDC?
Image replacement. Sliding doors. Using opacity to create
fade effects. CSS3 text truncation. Web standards. All of
which are being used to full effect in Dashboard widgets.
Our standards support has grown so rich and our engine
has become so smooth at effects that people are
constantly mistaking pure JS/DHTML/CSS stuff that people
are doing for something fancier. I’ve heard “That’s
HTML?!” several times in the past week.
So. Fucking. Cool.