Monday, October 6th, 2008

Mecca: A new social browser

Category: Browsers

Mecca is a new browser by the prolific Todd Ditchendorf of Fluid fame. It is currently in the works, and features:

  • Open Plug-in Architecture
  • Built-in Userscripting
  • Userstyles
  • ÜberView for Plug-in Split Views
  • Global Keyboard Shortcut
  • Single-Window Browsing Mode
  • BrowsaBrowsa Plug-in for Sidebars
  • Session Restore
  • Full-Screen Mode
  • Customizable Shortcuts
  • Integrated Gears-loading (InputManager)
  • Hidden “Closed” Windows
  • Thumbnail Plug-in for CoverFlow
  • TinyURL creation/expansion
  • Automatic Software Updates
  • Custom User-Agent Strings
  • Full WebInspector
  • Custom Window Opacity/Level/Style

It looks very interesting, and I can’t wait to see it!

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:56 am

2.3 rating from 25 votes


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Comment by diogo — October 6, 2008

Looks Mac-only. If it stays that way, it’s doomed to a pretty small slice of pie.

Comment by Nosredna — October 6, 2008

Wow, yet another browser for Mac OS X. Somebody please update this list:

Comment by Jeria — October 6, 2008



Comment by eyelidlessness — October 6, 2008

Thanks for the mention Dion. I’m flattered. @diogo: sorry, the app isn’t available just yet, but very very soon. Stay tuned. thx.

Comment by itod — October 6, 2008


Just seems silly, when FF, Opera, Safari are able to hit multiple targets. If it’s relegated to such a small slice, will anyone even test against it? Will jQuery and Dojo bother to support it?

As long as it sticks to standards pretty well, I guess it’ll be OK, but I’d be a lot more excited about it if I saw potential for it to affect IE’s market share. :-)

Comment by Nosredna — October 6, 2008

If this has a similar impact on browsing, as Fluid has had on my webapps experience, I think it’s going to be huge.

Nosredna: I would imagine that it is based on one of the major rendering engines, so as long as you’re compatible with the big 4, you should be fine.

No single individual is going to implement a browser from scratch these days.

Comment by MorganRoderick — October 6, 2008

@MorganRoderick u r absolutely right. Mecca simply uses the WebKit framework that is already on your machine (the same as Safari and many others). Therefore, Mecca will *not* impose any new testing responsibilities on web developers or web framework engineers.

As for market share… well, that is definitely not the goal with this project. Mecca is simply an attempt to explore some ideas for advancing the state of the art in web browsing. If any of the ideas are worthwhile, they will probably propagate to other browsers… just as Mecca has taken inspiration from the browsers that exist today.

Mecca is a niche project, and that is all it’s meant to be. Even a sliver of a percent of all web users is a massive audience for a single developer tinkering on nights and weekends ;0]. And that’s perfectly fine with me. :0]

Comment by itod — October 6, 2008

Not made to also work with Firefox? Booooo!

Comment by shokk — October 12, 2008

Is this browser no longer being worked on? The site seems to be gone.

Comment by Yansky — October 19, 2008

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