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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, September 10th, 2008

Gecko and WebKit in 2008

Category: Browsers, Firefox

WebKit gets all of the love these days. It’s the skinny little brother that gets all of the hot dates. It is easy to think that Gecko is complex, but there is nuance to the tale, and Ars brings that nuance. After explaining the strengths of WebKit, and the history of Gecko, they move on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:28 am
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4.5 rating from 32 votes

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Adding Custom Tags To Internet Explorer, The Official Way

Category: Browsers, HTML, IE

There have been some clever tricks to create new custom tags in Internet Explorer, such as the createElement trick. However, I never realized that Internet Explorer itself provides a facility to define new tags in the markup and have them styled, since Internet Explorer 5! Some details from the MSDN documentation on this feature, titled Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 1:30 pm
18 Comments

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2.6 rating from 27 votes

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Google Chrome, Chromium, and V8

Category: Browsers, Google

It is really exciting to see the level of pace that browsers have been setting recently, especially with respect to performance. I have been able to keep in sync with Google Chrome the new browser, and Chromium, the open source code-base it comes from. There are a couple of innovations that have been great to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:00 pm
49 Comments

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4.5 rating from 60 votes

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and Web Standards

Category: Announcements, Browsers, IE

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 was released today. There are several cool UI enhancements that this beta brings to the table that I won’t cover in this post, but you can learn more about them on the IEBlog. Instead, I want to talk about how beta 2 affects IE’s relationship to web standards. First, CSS Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:59 pm
21 Comments

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2.3 rating from 33 votes

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Understanding context in your New Tab

Category: Browsers, Usability

Aza Raskin and the Mozilla Labs team looks like they are having a lot of fun. They have been putting up proposals for new UIs and the latest involves a smarter new tab screen. Aza discusses how opening a blank screen doesn’t really help you. Opera already allows you to have a quick dial screen Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:52 am
9 Comments

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3.3 rating from 19 votes

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

querySelectorAll is coming fast

Category: Browsers, CSS

We have all been talking about querySelectAll for awhile, but John Resig gives us a wrap-up that covers the state of play. He talks about the browsers, and the libraries that wrap them and clean up shop via code like: < View plain text > javascript function querySelectorAll(selector){   try {     return Array.prototype.slice.call( Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:30 am
2 Comments

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3.8 rating from 27 votes

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

border-image: No more cutting up hell

Category: Browsers, CSS

Remember when you wanted a growable area with rounded-goodness and you had to cut up the image into a million pieces to have the top corners and the sides? Since then we have gotten nice effects to help us, and John Resig just posted on how Firefox 3.1 will implement what WebKit already has in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:21 am
11 Comments

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4.3 rating from 37 votes

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Mozilla creates the concept cars of the Web

Category: Browsers, Firefox

The video above is a “concept” called Aurora, created by Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path. Give it a play and you will see his vision for a very visual immersive, space-age-like environment that is very social. There are a couple of others too, such as Wei Zhou’s bookmarking concept and Aza Raskin’s mobile phone Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:41 am
12 Comments

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3.2 rating from 37 votes

Monday, August 4th, 2008

The browser landscape; Alex’s Perspective

Category: Browsers

Flash can get to “ubiquitous” across the entire web with new capabilities in roughly 18 months and the Open Web faces a best case replacement time-frame of 5 years. Reducing that differential from 42 months to zero is now the defining challenge of the Open Web. HTML is back in the hunt. Time to see Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:30 am
7 Comments

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3.8 rating from 18 votes

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

IE 8 and the User Features

Category: Browsers, IE

The first main play for IE 8 was to get developers on board, and start a conversation with us on what they are fixing, and where they are going. There were a couple of user features such as Activities and Web Slices, but you could tell they hadn’t finished there. In their latest blog post Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:27 am
29 Comments

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3.4 rating from 22 votes

No Browser Left Behind… without Canvas

Category: Browsers, Canvas

Vladimir Vuki?evi? normally hacks on Mozilla products, but spent a little time on an experiment with IE. An experiment that looks very exciting indeed. I love canvas, and wish that it was ubiquitous. We have great wrappers out there such as dojo.gfx, but wouldn’t it be nice if canvas worked everywhere? (and the full API Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:00 am
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4.4 rating from 38 votes

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

PushUpTheWeb.com: Browser detection and Upgrading

Category: Browsers

Nick Stakenburg is beating the drum of getting users to upgrade their browsers, and has created PushUpTheWeb.com. Pushup is an effort to push the web forward by helping users update their outdated browsers. Give your users a better web experience today by installing Pushup on your domain! By putting the script up, users will have Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:17 am
11 Comments

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4.5 rating from 38 votes

Monday, July 28th, 2008

What’s the Fastest Way to Code a Loop in JavaScript?

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Performance

Gregory Reimer, frontend engineer for sun.com, has written a barrage of tests to answer the question What’s the Fastest Way to Code a Loop in JavaScript? specifically for large data sets: I built a loop benchmarking test suite for different ways of coding loops in JavaScript. There are a few of these out there already, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:15 am
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4.2 rating from 32 votes

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The Fight for Fantastic Fonts (or, Let’s Give Tahoma a Rest)

Category: Browsers, Design

What’s the greater of these evils: contorting site designs around the standard Web-safe fonts, using images to render type, or relying on sIFR to render type with Flash? Who knows, but man, it sure would be nice if we could reliably use any font we wanted in our web work. And, as it turns out, Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 8:00 am
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3.8 rating from 31 votes

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Unobtrusive DOM 2 Event implementation for IE; Uniform Event Model revisited

Category: Browsers, IE

Tavs Dokkedahl sent in a great email about work that he and Allan Jacobs have done on bringing DOM event implementations to IE. Here it is in full: About a year ago or so I put out the Uniform Event Model (UEM) script which was an implementation of the W3C DOM 2 Event Interface for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:32 am
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4.2 rating from 22 votes

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Browser Memory Footprints; Watching with real usage

Category: Browsers

Sam Allen has done something that I was actually going to try to do… use browsers for a period and try to measure what happens to performance and such over that time period. Real usage. Normal usage. Sam created browser memory profiles from his work and then concluded: These profiles are meant to provide a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:47 am
10 Comments

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3.3 rating from 32 votes