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Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

IE 9: Hardware rendering, new JS engine, CSS, standards, and more

Category: Browsers, IE

With PDC going on, we get a glimpse at the early stage of IE 9. There is some promise, albeit with omissions! Dean Hachamovitch, IE general manager, gives us an early look whirlwind that discusses: Performance Progress The JavaScript engine team members John Montgomery, Steve Lucco and Shanku Niyogi give us an early look at Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:20 pm
40 Comments

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2.9 rating from 42 votes

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Resource Packages; Making a faster Web via packaging

Category: Browsers, Performance

< View plain text > HTML <link rel="resource-package" href="site-resources.zip" /> What if we could agree on a simple backwards compatible approach to packaging Web resources so the browser could suck down the puppies in one go? Alexander Limi (of Plone and Firefox UX fame) has been thinking about this for awhile, and has gotten his Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:23 am
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3.1 rating from 31 votes

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Lunascape Orion: Cross browser extensions

Category: Browsers

Lunascape 6.0 Orion is the latest version of the “triple engine” browser that lets you select between Gecko, WebKit, and Trident on Windows: The latest version supports Firefox Add-ons as well as IE plugins, and they are quite bullish on their performance:

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:37 am
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2.4 rating from 31 votes

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Sputniktests via Browsers

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Standards

Sputniktests web runner is a web based porting of the Sputniktests ECMA-262 conformance test suite made by Google. The aim of this test suite is to understand how compliant is a browser engine and the work @kangax has done in this post is, as usual, complete and loads of analysis about the test suite itself, Read the rest…

Posted by webreflection at 7:30 am
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4.6 rating from 80 votes

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Firefox 3.6 appearance adds a lot of developer features

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Mozilla

Firefox 3.6 is already on the scene with the first beta release. The Mozilla team is moving faster and faster these days which is fantastic to see. At the high level: Users can now change their browser’s appearance with a single click, with built in support for Personas. Firefox 3.6 will alert users about out Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:30 am
5 Comments

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2.7 rating from 69 votes

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Client-Side tar and LZMA compression

Category: Browsers

The BrowserPlus team of Yahoo released a client-side compression API. As explained in the following screencast, the JavaScript API allows you to pack and compress files on the client with LZMA or tar. Client Side Compression from Lloyd Hilaiel on Vimeo. You can read more about the implementation or try out the live demo (requires Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 2:11 am
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2.6 rating from 52 votes

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Mobile WebKit Compatibility

Category: Browsers, Mobile

PPK has cried “There is no WebKit on mobile!” as he posts new compatibility tables that test WebKit across desktop and mobile: I compare 19 WebKits in order to prove that there is no “WebKit on Mobile” and to figure out which one is the best. My hope is that eventually I’m going to gain Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:51 am
8 Comments

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3.1 rating from 26 votes

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Going into details with the WebKit Page Cache

Category: Browsers, WebKit

Brady Eidson has a great one two punch on the WebKit page cache. First, Brady delves into the basics of the page cache: The Page Cache makes it so when you leave a page we “pause” it and when you come back we press “play.” When a user clicks a link to navigate to a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:33 am
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3 rating from 15 votes

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Chrome Frame: Inject Chrome into IE

Category: Browsers, Google

Google has released the long anticipated Chrome Frame. Congrats to Alex Russell for getting this out. He fought browsers to bring us Dojo (with a great team) and now he comes at the problem in another way… from within. What is Chrome Frame? Let Alex tell you! Put this in a page: < View plain Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:09 pm
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4.2 rating from 86 votes

Monday, September 14th, 2009

BrowserScope: UAProfiler++, Crowd source browser tests

Category: Browsers, Performance, Testing

We are good friends with Steve Souders, but his UA Profiler just got beaten by something much better: BrowserScope. Fortunately for him, he and a new team are the ones who beat it :) Lindsey Simon says it best: Browserscope is an open-source project for profiling web browsers and storing and aggregating crowd-sourced data about Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:07 am
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4.1 rating from 32 votes

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Web OS? Web VM? Value in both?

Category: Browsers, Editorial

The following post comes from my personal blog Chrome OS created a whole slew of buzz around the Web finally being an OS. There are many other examples of this of course. On the desktop we have had the likes of moblin and Jolicloud for quite some time. On the phone we have webOS. The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:18 am
23 Comments

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3.1 rating from 41 votes

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Creating a querySelector for IE that runs at “native speed”

Category: Browsers, CSS

Hello Ajaxians, my name is Paul Young and I am the co-founder of Skybound Software. We’re the company behind Stylizer, which is a real-time CSS editing tool. We’re taking a pretty radical approach to CSS editing, and as such, a lot of what I do is “web technology research”, which is looking for better ways Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:13 am
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4 rating from 53 votes

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Crazy sexy Firefox multitouch demo

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Felipe Gomes has extended multitouch support in Firefox to reach into content space (i.e. us Web devs can use it!). Checking out the sexy demos in the video above will make you pine for the day (not long!) where all laptop screens support touch (my son thinks they are already ;) We have three new Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:59 pm
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4.4 rating from 33 votes

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

CSS improvements, speed, and more with Firefox 3.6 alpha

Category: Browsers, CSS, Mozilla

Firefox 3.6 alpha releases have already arrived and there are already cool new features on the heals of the 3.5 release, as well as rapid speed improvements. People have focused on the new CSS improvements (Acid3 now gets 94/100) such as the tweaked CSS gradient support: < View plain text > css .heading {   Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:49 am
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4.3 rating from 36 votes

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Microsoft dips toe in HTML 5 water

Category: Browsers, Microsoft, Standards

Stephen Shankland pointed to Adrian Bateman of Microsoft speaking up in a W3C list on HTML 5. Microsoft has been incredibly quiet until now (the IE team at least, Chris Wilson is in another team now) and so it is interesting to get a glimpse of their thoughts (and try to work out what they Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:55 am
35 Comments

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4.3 rating from 22 votes

Friday, July 17th, 2009

HTML5 Drag and Drop in deeetail

Category: Browsers, HTML

Les Orchard isn’t just a cool domain name. He is a person. A person who has done a great job detailing HTML 5 drag and drop that you can use today in Firefox 3.5. Les takes us down the path from simple drag and drop, to event propagation, to feedback images, to rich data transfer Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:26 am
10 Comments

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4.4 rating from 36 votes