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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.


Friday, August 4th, 2006

The Dangers of Browser Detect

Category: Browsers, CSS, Editorial, JavaScript, Programming

Picking up on the Rafael Lima’s new script to provide browser-detecting CSS selectors, PPK cautions on the dangers of browser detection. Rafael Lima’s script adds classes to HTML elements based on the results of an old-style (ie. purely navigator.userAgent-based) browser detect. The purpose is to allow web developers to add CSS rules for one browser Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 10:09 am
8 Comments

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4.1 rating from 60 votes

Monday, July 31st, 2006

IE 7 Distributed in Windows Update

Category: Browsers, IE

The IE 7 team just let us know that IE7 is to be distributed via Automatic Updates!: As we get close to the final availability of Internet Explorer 7, I want to provide an update on our distribution plans. To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, we will distribute IE7 as a high-priority Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:08 pm
7 Comments

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3.4 rating from 30 votes

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Safari: Browser.Back + Ajax

Category: Ajax, Browsers, WebKit

Matthias Willerich has written about hacks to get the back button working with Ajax land. He likes to various work: David Bloom’s work Mike Stenhouse’s work Less Rain Any others out there?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:52 am
3 Comments

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3.6 rating from 21 votes

Friday, June 16th, 2006

What Would World Wide Web Developers Do?

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Survey

While not specifically Ajax-related, I definitely think that this new post on Jeff Attwood’s blog shares some very valuable information about the environment we all develop in – web browsers – and the usage trend he’s seeing on his site. To get an idea of what web developers are using — as compared to typical Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:05 am
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4.2 rating from 30 votes

Monday, June 5th, 2006

Browser Warfare, Supporting Safari, and the Future of Macs

Category: Accessibility, Browsers, Firefox, Mac, Programming, WebKit

Leland Scott from Musings From Mars has a couple posts highlighting the never ending browser debates, in particular the Safari issue we have covered before. Scott called out a WordPress plugin that was linked to from Max Kieslers popular roundup of Ajax tutorials. The “shelf” plugin, similiar to the accordion widget in Rico and other Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 6:30 am
31 Comments

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3.8 rating from 36 votes

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Laurel Reitman, IE Program Mgr, on the Ajax Experience

Category: Browsers, IE, The Ajax Experience

We were happy to have Laurel Reitman, the lead program manager on the IE team, out at the Ajax Experience. There was a lot of good dialog between her and Alex, Brendan, and others about the future of browsers in general and IE in specific. She has written a post on the IEBlog recapping her Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:26 pm
27 Comments

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3.8 rating from 37 votes

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Online Services For Cross-Browser Testing

Category: Browsers, Testing

Javascript unit Testing Farm (JTF) runs unit tests on your behalf. You paste a Javascript unit test (same sort of syntax as JSUnit) and JTF will publish the results for each browser. Identify a section of your code that you want to test and clearly identify a success and a failure state. Your javascript script Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 7:31 am
4 Comments

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3.5 rating from 24 votes

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Dynamic Favicons

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Programming

Michael Mahemoff has posted an interesting idea concerning other uses for the “favicon” supported by browsers these days. He suggests that favicons shoul dbe supported just as easily as any other DOM-accessible item in the page, and sets out to discover the truth. I’ve found surprisingly little info on this – is anyone doing it? Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:49 am
15 Comments

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3.6 rating from 61 votes

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Ajax Libraries: How Portable?

Category: Browsers, Library

Leland Scott has done some serious research into portability of many Ajax libraries and frameworks out there. He built the list from several sources: One from a fellow geek-oriented blogger, Ian Sheridan at Savage Vines One from the Ajaxian website, One from the Open Source Application Foundation (OSAF), and One in that great 2005 book Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:06 pm
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4.2 rating from 39 votes

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Creammonkey: Safari gets some Grease

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Library

First we had GreaseMonkey for Firefox, then we had GreaseMonkIE, Trixie, and Turnabout for IE, but what about Safari? That is where Creammonkey comes in.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:47 am
4 Comments

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3.9 rating from 26 votes

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Ask the Internet Explorer Team

Category: Browsers, IE, Interview

The Audible Ajax podcast crew will be interviewing the Microsoft Internet Explorer team in Redmond, WA later this week (for an Audible Ajax podcast episode that we’ll release later this month). As the provider of the dominant browser platform, we have a lot of questions that we’d like to ask them. But we’re also interested Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:04 pm
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4.1 rating from 35 votes

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Putting XMLHttpRequest to the Test

Category: Ajax, Browsers, Testing, XmlHttpRequest

Anyone who’s gotten into working with Ajax and been “under the hood” at all knows that, overall, the XMLHttpRequest object works the same over all browsers. There are, however, a few obvious places that it does differ from platform to pltaform. Mark Nottingham noticed them and wondered just how far down these differences go. He’s Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 2:54 pm
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4 rating from 47 votes

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Opera 9 Technology Preview Released

Category: Browsers

Opera 9, Technology Preview 2 has just been released. There are a bunch of features in this release, including: Widgets: Opera joins Y!, Microsoft, and Apple with a widget SDK BitTorrent: BitTorrent is back Web page thumbnails: Hover over a tab and see a small preview Improved Error Console: The error console in this preview Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:10 am
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4.3 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

IBM developerWorks: User annotations in Ajax

Category: Ajax, Browsers, JavaScript, Programming, XmlHttpRequest

On the IBM developerWorks site today, there’s a new tutorial talking about the addition of a comment/sticky-note system to any site. You’ll need to register to get into the article, but it’s a free registration. The ability to add notes and comments to your Web site can be a powerful and attractive feature for users. Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 4:06 pm
2 Comments

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3.6 rating from 31 votes

IE 7 Preview Release: Download, Test, Pray?

Category: Browsers, IE

Microsoft has put out there IE7 Beta 2 Preview. We should make sure that our XHR code (or libs that we use) make sure to look up the native object first: < View plain text > javascript if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {           // If IE7, Mozilla, Safari, etc: Use native object   Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:16 am
12 Comments

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3.5 rating from 25 votes

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Safari announces new Web Inspector

Category: Browsers, Utility

WebKit (the engine that powers Safari) now has a new DOM browser, Web Inspector. You have been able to turn on the debug menu in Safari via: % defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1 and with this you can get a view of the current DOM in string form (think: view source NOW). Web Inspector goes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:47 pm
2 Comments

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3.7 rating from 15 votes