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Stay informed about changes and upgrades in all the most popular Web browsers; including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and more. Read news and advice about important browser upgrades and features.


Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Future Proofing JavaScript Libraries

Category: Browsers, JavaScript

John Resig has been talking about future proofing JavaScript libraries. He discusses the issue of each browser introducing more bugs (a fix to some is a bug to others!) and shows how Mozilla is trying to help out: At Mozilla, we’ve looked at this issue and Mike Shaver came up with an excellent solution: Simply Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:02 am
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4 rating from 42 votes

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Browser Wars: Mozilla, IE, Opera join up for a panel discussion

Category: Browsers, Firefox, IE, Interview, Microsoft, Opera

Presented by the Silicon Valley WebBuilder, this event brought together Mike Shaver from Mozilla, Chris Wilson from Microsoft’s IE team, HÃ¥kon Lie from Opera, and expertly moderator Douglas Crockford from Yahoo! to talk about the current state of the browser landscape. At first, each person got a chance to say their peace. Here are some Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am
21 Comments

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4.5 rating from 69 votes

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Microsoft Firefox 2007 Professional Edition

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Fun, IE

If you can’t beat them, join them. That seems to be what Microsoft have done. In a surprise move, they have created Microsoft Firefox 2007 that mimics a lot of features from Mozilla Firefox. I can only assume that some deal was struck between the two. Features Simplified User Experience Amazing Marginal Manipulation Instant Search Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:33 am
53 Comments

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2.4 rating from 133 votes

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Microformats and The Web Browser as an Information Broker (Firefox 3?)

Category: Browsers

Alex Faaborg, of Mozilla, has written an introduction to Microformats. It is basic stuff, but gets interesting at the very end with his section on The Web Browser as an Information Broker (Firefox 3?): Much in the same way that operating systems currently associate particular file types with specific applications, future Web browsers are likely Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:39 am
8 Comments

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4.1 rating from 31 votes

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Firebug 1.0: Public Beta, Still Free, and a Lite version for other browsers

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Utility

Joe Hewitt has been busy. We have loved the private builds of Firebug 1.0 beta, and he just made a bunch of announcements: Firebug is to remain free: Very generous indeed. If you would like to support development, still check out the donate button. Joe wants to be able to hire someone to keep the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:13 am
22 Comments

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4.6 rating from 51 votes

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Performance of FF2 vs. IE 7

Category: Browsers, Firefox, JavaScript

The folks at Zimbra posted on the performance of IE7 vs. IE6 last week. This week they cracked open their test suite on FF2, the full release. Conclusion I think the net result is that for highly JavaScript intensive AJAX applications such as the ZWC, Firefox is still the winner by quite a wide margin. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:34 am
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4 rating from 20 votes

Friday, October 20th, 2006

IE7: Twice as performant as IE6, but half as slow as FF 1.5

Category: Browsers

Ross Dargahi of Zimbra complained about IE 6 performance. Since IE 7 is here, he decided to retry his tests and see how Microsoft had done: Microsoft’s IE team has clearly been hard at work on improving their browser’s memory management and JavaScript performance. IE 7 has made some significant leaps forward based on some Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:12 am
17 Comments

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3.9 rating from 53 votes

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Declarative Ajax Components and XML Namespaces

Category: Articles, Browsers

Dave Johnson has delved into the world of Declarative Ajax Components and XML Namespaces. His article discusses the usage of XML namespaces, and how they are supported in IE and Firefox. He pondors the xml way: < View plain text > xml <ntb :grid … /> and the microformaty way: < View plain text > Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:05 am
3 Comments

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3.8 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

IE 7 Released

Category: Announcements, Browsers, IE

If you have not been playing with an early release to test your sites, maybe now is the time. IE 7 has been released to the wild and you can download it here. The first word came from the IEBlog: Today we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. I encourage everyone to download the final Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:34 pm
20 Comments

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3.7 rating from 19 votes

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Halfnote: Secure Document Sharing

Category: Browsers, Showcase, Storage

Halfnote is a web based secure notepad created by Aaron Boodman. Aaron created this originally to allow him to share documents between his own computers in a secure manner. The web application uses local storage in IE 5+ and Firefox 2 to store an encryption key. This means that your notes are encrypted with a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:13 pm
10 Comments

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3.7 rating from 15 votes

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Detecting IE7+ in JavaScript

Category: Browsers, JavaScript

Abe Fettig knows that we need to start detecting the difference between IE6- and IE7+, because a lot of the hacks that we were using for IE are no longer needed. He didn’t want to grok the user agent, as that is very brittle, so he came up with: < View plain text > javascript Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:47 am
45 Comments

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3.5 rating from 119 votes

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Safari 3.0: New Tricks

Category: Browsers, WebKit

The Mars report has Leopard Lust, and in their latest article they walk us through three features in Safari 3.0 that get them drooling: Tabs on Steroids: “Besides catching up with most other browser makers in letting users reorder their tabs through drag-and-drop, Apple is adding the ability to drag tabs off your browser and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:24 am
14 Comments

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3.9 rating from 24 votes

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Apocalypse 2.0 – A New Era of Fragmentation

Category: Browsers, JavaScript

Ryan Stewart cautions on Javascript fragmentation among web browsers in this ZDNet article. He speculates on the upcoming ECMAScript update (last edition was in 1999), with the following hypothetical scenario: ECMA released the specifications for the fourth edition of ECMA Script, and JavaScript 2.0 was born. It added enhanced JavaScript functionality for developers, but FireFox Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 7:30 pm
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4.2 rating from 24 votes

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

Safari 3: Improved Tab Handling

Category: Browsers, WebKit

Without installing plugins, dealing with tabs in Safari is painful. You can’t move them around. All you can do is delete and create them. It looks like Apple has stepped up and this video of Safari 3 shows rich tab/browser management. Check it out for some weekend fun.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:58 am
29 Comments

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4.1 rating from 40 votes

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Palary: Ajax browser within a browser

Category: Browsers

Scott Fortmann-Roe got recursive and created an Ajax Browser called Palary. The Palary browser supports all sorts of nice things like css, cookies, history, and bookmarks. But it does it all using ajax without directly communicating with the sites you are surfing (except for images, but no ones perfect). Why? Its useful for getting around Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:14 am
12 Comments

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3.8 rating from 45 votes

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

IE 7: Are transparent PNGs using Native support?

Category: Browsers, IE

There was a big hubbub when we found out that IE 7’s XHR support isn’t really native. Jose Jeria did some poking around to see if transparent PNG support is native or not: While developing an intranet for IE 6 only (yes, trust me, it sucks) I noticed that it was not possible to combine Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:39 am
14 Comments

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4 rating from 43 votes