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Friday, February 29th, 2008

Firefox 3 Mac performance gains due to undocumented APIs

Category: Browsers, Firefox, WebKit

Vladimir Vukićević has posted on the performance improvements of Firefox 3 on the Mac, and how one hack, albeit “dangerous” has helped ton. Vladamir says: While figuring all this out, I noticed that Safari/WebKit didn’t seem to be affected by this framerate cap — the fps meter when Safari was running the same benchmark happily Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:36 am
11 Comments

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3.9 rating from 17 votes

Components of Browser Performance

Category: Browsers, JavaScript

If you could increase the performance of the JavaScript engine that would be great, but it is only one cog in the machine that needs to improve. We have long seen issues to to DOM bottlenecks and the like, and John Resig has gone through and diagramed the pieces (above) and wrote: What’s interesting about Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:02 am
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4.2 rating from 74 votes

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

WaSP IE8 Round Table Discussion

Category: Browsers, IE

The Microsoft proposal for browser version targeting in Internet Explorer 8 to default to IE7 behavior for all current DOCTYPEs has divided the web developer community. What implications would this have for web standards adoption? Would the web be in a state of damage if IE8 defaulted to standards mode? Some members of the Web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:01 am
9 Comments

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3.2 rating from 12 votes

Monday, February 25th, 2008

IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community

Category: Browsers, IE

“IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community”. That is from an email on the private beta of IE 8 that some folk have been getting. This is meant to ramp up for a public beta, and something will be seen at MIX in a few weeks. The unveiling is coming. Greetings from the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
8 Comments

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3.1 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Cursing with JavaScript: Three Random Tips

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Tip

I ran across a few posts in a row in my news reader that were each mini tips that involved Prototype, Firefox, and IE. Prototype Custom Events Howard Lewis Ship is making sure that Tapestry 5 will have 50% more Ajax, and has been playing with Prototype. He found a nagging bug to do with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:02 am
2 Comments

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3.3 rating from 19 votes

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Native CSS selectors with querySelector

Category: Browsers, CSS, WebKit

David Smith of WebKit posted about their native implementation of querySelector and querySelectorAll from the W3C Selectors API. Native CSS selectors in the browsers is going to be a huge boon for us and the Ajax libraries that will be able to use them. You can use the standard via: < View plain text > Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:08 am
6 Comments

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4 rating from 27 votes

Cross Window Messaging with HTML 5 postMessage

Category: Browsers, HTML, JavaScript

John Resig has written a Cross-Window Messaging sample using Firefox 3, which implements the current postMessage API in HTML 5. Opera 9 implements a slightly older version, and a new release will fix that of course: This particular API adds a new method to every window (including the current window, popups, iframes, and frames) that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:20 am
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4.2 rating from 34 votes

Friday, February 1st, 2008

CSS sprite generator source code released

Category: Browsers, Performance

Want to use CSS sprites but you are too lazy to create them in Photoshop? Edward Eliot and Stuart Colville released a CSS Sprite generator quite a while ago that does the job for you. Now they topped this by releasing the source code of the generator on launchpad (get the tar file), in case Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 6:59 pm
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3.4 rating from 17 votes

Favicon access via JavaScript

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Library

Michael Mahemoff has released an update to his JavaScript library that gives you access to play with favicons from script. The main point of this library is to update the favicon via Javascript, but at a higher level, its main objective is to provide some support for notifying the user of events in another tab. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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4 rating from 40 votes

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Most Relevant Browsers of 2009

Category: Browsers

John has taken a shot at listing the most relevant browsers of 2009: IE 7 IE 6 Firefox 3 Safari 3 Opera 9.5 I think that Firefox 3 and Safari 3 may end up tieing, and if you frame it as rendering engines, Webkit will probably beat Gecko as it is also being used by Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:38 am
14 Comments

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2.2 rating from 31 votes

JSON 2.0: Libraries and browser support

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, JSON, Library

John is at it again, writing a piece on recent news surrounding JSON. He links to an updated library by Douglas Crockford,

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:00 am
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4.5 rating from 17 votes

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

The IE7 auto-rollout: fact and fiction

Category: Browsers, IE

When some people saw the new knowledge base article on IE 7 rollouts and thought “what? I finally get to see IE 6 die off????”. Ken Fisher is here to tell us “sorry guys” in his piece on the IE7 auto rollout: What’s happening: come February 12, Microsoft will release IE7 as an “Update Rollup” Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:34 am
9 Comments

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2.3 rating from 18 votes

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

IE8 Compatibility with X-UA-Compatible

Category: Browsers, IE

If you want compatibility to work well in IE8 and lower, then it is time to get to know the X-UA-Compatible header. This is according to Chris Wilson in his post on compatibility and IE8. He links to Aaron Gustafson’s new article on the issue, and summarizes himself: Aaron Gustafson, one of the members of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:30 pm
5 Comments

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3.2 rating from 29 votes

Sub pixel fun with browsers

Category: Browsers, CSS

John Resig has been tinkering with the sub pixel problems in CSS and how browsers deal with bit of pixels: Something that jumped at me, recently, was a rendering dilemma that browsers have to encounter, and gracefully handle, on a day-by-day basis with little, to no, standardization. Take the following page for example. You have Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:06 am
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4 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

How IE Mangles The Design Of JavaScript Libraries

Category: Browsers, Dojo, IE

People like to moan about IE, and often don’t have anything to back it up. “IE sucks” doesn’t count. Alex Russell, on the other hand, has written about how IE mangles the design of JavaScript libraries such as Dojo. His list both shows us the methods to the madness, informs us on the issues, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:04 pm
7 Comments

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4.1 rating from 51 votes

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Fluid puts hat in the “Site Specific Browser” ring

Category: Browsers

Todd Ditchendorf has released Fluid, a Site Specific Browser that allows you to ditch the 30 tabbed browser, and run web applications in the own world (icon etc): Fluid 0.4 includes Dock badges and Dock menus for Gmail, Google Reader, and Yahoo! Mail, auto-software updates via the Sparkle Update framework, custom SSB installation paths, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:10 am
5 Comments

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3.1 rating from 12 votes