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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.


Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Web Workers update for Firefox 3.1

Category: Browsers

Ben Turner has nicely written up the state of Web Workers that we will see in Firefox 3.1 (in beta 2 right now). To show the latest, Ben got a demo working that decrypts Weave data in the client using a Worker: < View plain text > javascript // Launch the main worker.     Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:42 am
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3.9 rating from 10 votes

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

What Causes the Long-Running Script Warning?

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Performance

Nicholas Zakas decided to dive deep on everyone’s favorite sign that you’ve done something wrong: Few web developers truly understand what triggers the long-running script dialog in various browsers, including myself. So I decided to sit down and figure out under what circumstances you’ll see this dialog. There are basically two different ways of determining Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:33 am
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4.3 rating from 27 votes

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

“I won’t support IE 6 in 2009”

Category: Browsers, IE

At a New Years Eve party, a friend help up a drink and toasted to his company deciding to discontinue direct support of IE 6 in 2009, and letting users know that the site may work better with IE 7 or another latest browser. Then, Asa Dotzer puts up a chart of the IE 6 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:00 am
38 Comments

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4.5 rating from 80 votes

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

New Years Resolution: File a browser bug?

Category: Browsers, Testing

John Resig has laid out his thoughts on a Web Developer’s Responsibility, and it comes down to working with various up and coming browser versions and filing bugs: It’s safe to say that the biggest tax on a web developer is spending so much time dealing with browser bugs and incompatibilities. Thus it has become Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:59 am
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3.4 rating from 25 votes

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Giving developers and users responsiveness data

Category: Browsers, Performance

I posted on my personal blog about using the crowd to tell us about browser responsiveness in which I discussed giving developers information about browser responsiveness and how add-ons can affect it: I have had some folks talk to me about responsiveness issues with Firefox 3. I have had a fantastic experience, and currently I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:09 am
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4 rating from 6 votes

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Whatever? make sure your :hover works for everyone

Category: Browsers, CSS

Peter Nederlof just released version 3 of whatever:hover, his library that makes sure that :hover works just fine for the IE browsers out there. The new version is faster, better documented, uses a CSS trick with expressions in IE to trigger the hover events in IE and now has Ajax support! (this means that new Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:10 am
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3.2 rating from 22 votes

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Write your own Yahoo! BrowserPlus service with new SDK

Category: Browsers, Plugins, Yahoo!

Lloyd Hilalel and the Yahoo! BrowserPlus team have released a BrowserPlus SDK which allows you to easily create your own services: We’re extremely happy to announce the availability of the BrowserPlus SDK. This first SDK and the accompanying documentation gives you all the tools you’ll need to start extending the web using BrowserPlus. Getting started Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:13 pm
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4.2 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Finally something to get a few more users off of IE 6?

Category: Browsers, IE

We desperately want users to upgrade to the latest and greatest. A prominent and respected Web citizen recently said “With Ajax we are developing to 1997 technology, and are restricted by IE 6.” What if you didn’t have that nagging feeling, and instead could use the platform that sits below the clients of modern browsers? Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:28 am
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3.5 rating from 25 votes

Monday, December 15th, 2008

App Discover: An add-on to aid discoverability in the browser

Category: Browsers

Snuck over this post about getting better discoverability into the browser from me personal blog Greasemonkey and Fluid userscripts. AIR and the new Titanium apps. Browser add-ons. When you go to a website do you know if you are getting the best experience for you? You could search for script on userscripts, or Google for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:34 am
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3.1 rating from 17 votes

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

IE8 December Release and Accessibility

Category: Browsers, IE

The IE8 team let their partners know about a December “Partner Build” that contains the following changes since IE8b2: Accessibility-ARIA ARIA attribute names containing dashes, such as “aria-checked”, no longer have to be referenced by their camelCased equivalent (ariaChecked) in IE 7 Mode and Quirks Mode. As a consequence of this change, the camelCased syntax Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:35 am
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3.7 rating from 15 votes

Monday, December 8th, 2008

The IE 6 Equation. Finally some math to mask the pain

Category: Browsers, IE

That is the equation that Jeremy Keith shares with us on his article for this years 24ways. He is discussing IE6, which he sets to the variable of $web_designer_nemesis (variable used to equal NN4). He looks at the sliding scale of support for the browser: Block IE6 users from your site. Develop with web standards Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:59 am
16 Comments

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3.5 rating from 32 votes

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

UA Profiler: A second look

Category: Browsers, Performance

We posted on Steve’s UA Profiler tool, and John Resig has taken a nice look at the current results. It actually now looks like Minefield (Firefox nightly) is getting 10 out of 11, and the other browsers are doing great too. Jonas Sicking of Mozilla has a really nice comment that talks about what the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:16 am
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3.9 rating from 16 votes

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Meer Meer: Cross browser testing all through your one browser!

Category: Adobe, Browsers, Testing

The most exciting part of Adobe MAX last week was a service that was announced by Paul Gubbay at the “Sneaks” session that shows cool tech that Adobe folk are working on. His (very early stage) service is called Meer Meer and it is genuinely useful. You can plugin a URL and the system will Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:32 am
12 Comments

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4.7 rating from 38 votes

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Live Blogging the Yahoo BrowserPlus Release Party

Category: Browsers, Plugins, Yahoo!

Austin Chau and I are here on the Yahoo campus for the Yahoo BrowserPlus release party. I’m going to blog the event as it happens here (Disclosure: I work for Google with the Open Web Advocacy and Gears teams). First, Ernest Delgado, Canvas whiz here at Yahoo, sent me a cool demo showing a prototype Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 7:36 pm
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3.5 rating from 24 votes

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

User-Agent Headers: Crazy? Or Craziest?

Category: Browsers

DeWitt Clinton reminder me of just how out of control User-Agent headers are by posting one from his logs: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0; Trident/4.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Tablet PC 2.0; .NET CLR 3.5.21022; Media Center PC 5.1; Zune 3.0; OfficeLiveConnector.1.2; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30618) It’s Sunday, so why not Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:19 am
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3.7 rating from 19 votes

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Adopting WebKit in IE?

Category: Browsers

Some people are getting excited at the thought of IE adopting WebKit as the renderer. They seem to think this may happen based on this tidbit: Addressing a developer conference in Sydney Australia, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the idea of using WebKit as the rendering engine within its web browser was “interesting” and added Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:33 am
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4.2 rating from 34 votes