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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, January 5th, 2006

SafariTest: Browser Testing for non-Mac folk

Category: Browsers, Utility

We talked about BrowserShot.org in a past entry. If you have a lot of the browsers covered, but really need a way to check out Safari, then you can use SafariTest. Other than just supporting Safari, there are some issues: frames and Flash movies are not perfectly supported if your page uses client-side redirection you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:07 pm
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3.8 rating from 21 votes

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

CSS Cross browser mini-tip: Point to the Hand

Category: Browsers, CSS

You want to tell the browsers via CSS to change the pointer icon to be a hand. Firefox uses the standard pointer, whereas IE has used hand. The cheaky work around? IE ignores underscores: cursor: pointer; _cursor: hand; Any other cheaky hacks that you have had to use to Get Things Done ™ ?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:27 am
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4 rating from 44 votes

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

Taking Firefox 1.5 for a ride with SVG and Canvas

Category: Browsers, Canvas, Firefox

As soon as Firefox 1.5 comes out, people want to play with some of the shiny nobs. SVG: How Did The Moon Get Into Orbit? One of the early post-release examples of SVG support on Firefox 1.5 was this demo showing moon orbits. If you take a peak into the source you see the magic Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:51 am
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4.1 rating from 15 votes

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

IE Leak Tool: Drip 0.3 Released

Category: Browsers, IE, JavaScript, Utility

We announced Drip, the IE Leak Detector back in June. Since then, the project got picked up by Matthias Miller, and his team has released a new version of the tool. The new features of Drip are: Major enhancements include: Drip now supports popup windows. (Note that the “Auto-Refresh” button does not apply to popup Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:00 am
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3.9 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Mobile Ajax:Opera Platform SDK

Category: Browsers, Mobile

Arve Bersvendsen has been working away in silence for the last few months at Opera. His team has been working on Opera Platform: Opera Software released a beta version of Opera Platform SDK, a software development kit for developing and running Web applications on mobile phones. With Opera Platform SDK, developers can rapidly develop Web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:44 am
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3.6 rating from 7 votes

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Firefox 2 and 3: Concurrent Development

Category: Browsers, Editorial, Firefox

Brendan Eich has posted about new roadmaps and how “we propose to develop the front end of Firefox 2 and the platform for Firefox 3 concurrently, with Firefox 2 releasing in less than a year.” What’s the plan in the draft for Gecko 1.9 The draft Gecko 1.9 roadmap is interesting. Graphics and layout capabilities: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:39 am
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3.6 rating from 8 votes

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Opera 8.5: Browser Free, and new JavaScript features

Category: Browsers

People have been wondering about this for awhile. Opera is now a free browser. The question is: Does anyone care? Is this going to bring Opera into the big time? What about if they had done this pre-Firefox? About the Opera Browser Already regarded as the world’s fastest, most secure browser, Opera speeds up your Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:59 am
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3 rating from 7 votes

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Canvas Examples for Firefox 1.5

Category: Browsers, Canvas, Firefox

With Firefox 1.5 Alpha 2, Firefox includes a new HTML element for programmable graphics. <canvas> is based on the WhatWG canvas specification, which itself is based on Apple’s <canvas> implemented in Safari. It can be used for rendering graphs, UI elements, and othercustom graphics on the client. <canvas> creates a fixed size drawing surface that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:28 am
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3.9 rating from 10 votes

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Safari 2.0.1: No longer an Ajaxian pain?

Category: Browsers, Editorial

Mention Safari to many JavaScripters, and they sigh. Look at many frameworks, libraries, and components, and you don’t see Safari on the list of supported browsers half the time. Alex Russell sees some hope with Safari 2.0.1 and maybe beyond? After much discussion recently with Erik, we decided that Safari was a lost cause when Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:57 pm
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3 rating from 5 votes

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Improving the CSS 2.1 strict parser for IE 7

Category: Browsers, IE

IEBlog is reporting on the improvements made to the CSS 2.1 strict parser for IE 7. The main points that this article talks about: Using the root node wild card selector for IE only rules (* HTML) [strict mode only fix] Multi-class selectors as defined by CSS 2.1 (.floral.pastel) [strict mode only fix] Pseudo-element parsing Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:43 am
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3 rating from 7 votes

Monday, August 1st, 2005

IE 7 Reviews

Category: Browsers, Google, IE

Joe Walker of DWR has written about IE 7 reviews: Mezzoblue looks into the CSS bugs, which don’t appear to be fixed Can you run IE 7 and previous versions? The Register thinks IE 7 got naughty with Google/Y!. Scoble gets even, and IE Blog responds IE 7 Announcement Mozilla: IE 7 to boost Firefox Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:28 am
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Understanding and Solving Internet Explorer Leak Patterns

Category: Articles, Browsers

Justin Rogers of Microsoft has put a new article up on MSDN: Understanding and Solving Internet Explorer Leak Patterns. The article goes into: Circular References—When mutual references are counted between Internet Explorer’s COM infrastructure and any scripting engine, objects can leak memory. This is the broadest pattern. Closures—Closures are a specific form of circular reference Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:41 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Firefox, Windows, and SVG

Category: Browsers, Firefox

And while we’re on the topic of SVG… By way of svg.org, an SVG enthusiast demonstrates how to get the (Windows only) Adobe SVG Viewer 6.0 “pre-alpha” (not a beta, as he claims) to work along-side Deer Park’s native SVG support. The blog entry is unnecessarily critical of a *preview* release of Deer Park’s unfinished Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 1:00 am
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3.4 rating from 7 votes

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Deer Park: Firefox 1.1 Alpha Release

Category: Browsers, Firefox

In case you missed it, the Mozilla Foundation recently released Deer Park Alpha 1, a developer preview of Firefox 1.1. In addition to various miscellaneous fixes (my favorite being that scrollable divs now response to the mouse wheel), Deer Park includes the new SVG, canvas, and E4X technologies that we’ve mentioned before. Download it and Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 1:53 pm
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3 rating from 8 votes

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

GreaseMonkIE to Trixie to Turnabout

Category: Browsers, JavaScript

Aren’t you glad that there is only one GreaseMonkey on the Firefox side? As soon as Trixie was announced, another project named Turnabout was put out there, doing a similar thing (Greasemonkey for IE). What one do we use? I will listen to Dare Obasanjo on this one: So where does this leave the other Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:54 am
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3.3 rating from 7 votes

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Trixie: Another Greasemonkey port for IE

Category: Browsers, JavaScript

There has been a lot of buzz around the new Greasemonkey-esque program, Trixie that aims to do the same for IE as Greasemonkey has for Firefox. Mark Pilgrim wrote to the GreaseMonkey mailing list with issues that he had with Trixie (especially around licensing), and the author wrote back. A lot was made over the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:26 am
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3.2 rating from 6 votes