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Friday, July 17th, 2009

More on 3D CSS Transforms

Category: Browsers, CSS

Following up on the earlier coverage we are back with more info on 3D transforms. Simon Fraser has posted details on the WebKit blog. He shows off a couple of cool examples: The post goes into detail on the new CSS such as: < View plain text > css translate3d(x, y, z), translateZ(z)   scale3d(sx, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:39 am
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4.6 rating from 39 votes

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The slow death of IE 6 support; YouTube and browser placement

Category: Browsers

Many sites have been slowly crying off of IE 6 support, and big boys like Twitter, Facebook, Digg and YouTube are joining the action. What is interesting about the YouTube story is the placement of the upgrade buttons. Twitter took the tact of “if the user is using browser X, I will just prompt them Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:42 am
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4.8 rating from 108 votes

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Digg takes the time to study the pain of IE 6

Category: Browsers

Ouch. We all want the IE 6 users to upgrade. Unfortunately, some of the stragglers aren’t Bob’s mum who doesn’t know better. Rather, they are poor buggers at work who aren’t able to upgrade (or fear that they can’t). And there are the pirating folk who fear the Microsoft updater so never upgrade a thing Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:00 am
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4.5 rating from 56 votes

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Firefox 3.5: The fastest fox has landed

Category: Browsers, Firefox

It is great to feel the good vibes at Mozilla HQ today as we launch Firefox 3.5! It is always an interesting ride to see a browser develop, and realize how complex and large the work is. Congrats to the browser developers out there who are working hard to make the Web better. With final Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:35 am
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4 rating from 83 votes

Monday, June 29th, 2009

MySpace open sources advanced browser performance tool for IE

Category: Browsers, IE, Performance

Developers tend to tease MySpace for its look, but the insiders are incredibly impressed by some of the engineering behind the scenes (e.g. their internal monitoring tools are said to be second to none). They have surprised us again with their new tool MSFast which is “a browser plugin that help developers to improve their Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:21 am
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4.5 rating from 37 votes

Friday, June 19th, 2009

What do Web developers want from browser marketers?

Category: Browsers

As a follow on from the recent post on Microsoft marketing for the week, a few people have given great feedback on what we actually expect from browser marketing. This is a key point that was missing in the post as it gives those watching something to understand that could make things better. This is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:44 pm
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4 rating from 23 votes

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

“Get the facts” from Microsoft Marketing

Category: Browsers, IE, Microsoft

There are some good engineers working to make IE a better browser. I don’t want to belittle their work, but I couldn’t let go the recent work of various marketing groups this week. First up, we had the the chaps from down under try to buy downloads with 10 grand, ripping into other browsers along Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:21 pm
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4.1 rating from 27 votes

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Opera Unite: P2P in the browser with a services model

Category: Browsers, Opera

Opera has been leading us on to a bit product launch, and it came today in the form of Opera Unite a product which extends the Opera browser to contain a Web server inside allowing you to talk P2P between browsers (via a proxy at operaunite.com). On the one hand, skeptics have argued that this Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:40 am
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3.5 rating from 38 votes

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Adobe BrowserLab: The Meer Meer rises

Category: Adobe, Browsers, Debugging

We were excited to see the sneak preview of what was called Meer Meer, at the last Adobe MAX. Today Adobe has released a preview of the newly branded Adobe BrowserLab: BrowserLab provides web designers exact renderings of their web pages in multiple browsers and operating systems, on demand. BrowserLab is a powerful solution for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:46 pm
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4.1 rating from 35 votes

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

IE8 vs. IE6: Rise of the new machine

Category: Browsers

Asa has an updated look at the current browser stats and trends and what is probably most interesting is the image above showing the rise of IE 8. This is something to dance about, as we see the decline in IE 6. Notice how IE 7, the browser with the most share in these stats Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:47 am
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2.7 rating from 41 votes

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Who do I trust with my Identity? Erm, how about me? OpenID Weaves into the browser!

Category: Browsers

Reposted from my personal blog I was incredibly excited to see Dan Mills of the Weave team show off OpenID in the browser thanks to Weave. I have wanted this from long before joining Mozilla and Dan has done a great job and doing something smart to make it happen. The key to this all Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:40 am
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3.5 rating from 25 votes

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Using Base64 encoded images on IE too

Category: Browsers, PHP

Being able to use data: URIs to do interesting things such as inline images is incredibly useful. IE 8 added support for data URIs but what about older versions of IE (which are still far too prevalent)? This nice PHP script shows how you can send back data URIs for those who support it, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:19 am
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3.9 rating from 20 votes

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

TaskFox: Lifting up Ubiquity

Category: Browsers, Firefox

I am really enjoying watching the work of Aza, Atul, and the entire Ubiquity team as it works on Taskfox. What is particularly cool, is how the demo lives in content space. But what about going beyond the typical command line? That is where the mouse prototype comes in: And why stop there? Check out Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:40 am
14 Comments

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3.5 rating from 17 votes

Browser storage: What is the correct API? SQL? JSON?

Category: Browsers

(The following is repost from my personal blog). Ian Hickson: “I expect I’ll be reverse-engineering SQLite and speccing that, if nothing better is picked first. As it is, people are starting to use the database feature in actual Web apps (e.g. mobile GMail, iirc).” When I read that comment to Vlad’s post on HTML 5 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:12 am
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4.2 rating from 19 votes

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The shifting of the Web; Browsers over time

Category: Browsers

Asa Dotzler of Mozilla has tried to compile data from a bunch of resources to create the chart above, a view of the Web over time from a browser perspective. The first thing that really jumps out at me is that Netscape, for all its early success, was used by relatively few people. The pie Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:25 am
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4.5 rating from 31 votes

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Browser Reflows & Repaints; How do they affect performance?

Category: Browsers, CSS, Performance

Nicole Sullivan has a very detailed post on reflow and repaints and how they affect performance (and also how to potentially avoid them). What are they again? A repaint occurs when changes are made to an elements skin that changes visibility, but do not affect its layout. Examples of this include outline, visibility, or background Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:38 am
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4.1 rating from 38 votes