So it turned out to be false alarm/update/whatever you want to call it. I'm still stuck with gnome 2.6 (although dpkg -l|grep gnome) shows some 2.8 packages. Guess all of them haven't gone into "testing" as yet.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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