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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.


Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Fluid.app gets another new build

Category: Browsers

Todd Ditchendorf keeps on pushing with Fluid, the Single Site Browser system that does so much more by giving you rich integration points. Ben and I demonstrated how we use Campfire as a Fluid application that ties us into Growl and more. The latest version includes the following new features: Single Window Browsing Mode (General Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:35 am
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3.7 rating from 11 votes

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Mozilla Week: From Client (Firefox 3) to Server (Weave) to Mobile (Fennec)

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Mobile

It has been a busy week for Mozilla. We have seen news across the board of their technology. First we have the news that Firefox 3 should be available to download on June 17th. They are having a download party to kick things off. Stuart Parmenter had a proxy post that delves into the world Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:35 pm
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3.3 rating from 26 votes

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

IE 8 beta 2 coming in August

Category: Browsers, IE

Bill Gates gave his last talk, appropriately, to developers at TechEd. No matter what you think of the guy, he is an icon that helped create the software industry. Without him and Steve Jobs, who do we have? :) In his speach he talked about Internet Explorer, and how IE 8 will have an update Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:51 am
11 Comments

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3.1 rating from 40 votes

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Soft-hyphens and inline-block; Subtleties in Firefox 3 RC 1

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Kevin Yank has zoomed into the features in the new Firefox 3 RC 1, and explained two subtle ones that can help us as Web developers: Soft Hyphens Tucked away in the list of CSS improvements in Firefox 3 is this innocuous-looking feature: “HTML soft hyphens (­) are now supported.” Soft hyphens are one of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:30 am
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4.4 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Browser cookie restriction research

Category: Browsers

Nicholas C. Zakas was doing some prep work for his new book when he delved into browser cookie restrictions for the big four browsers: The most interesting fact I discovered is that Safari places no limit on the number of cookies that can be set per domain. In fact, you can set enough cookies on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:53 am
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4.1 rating from 30 votes

IE 8 and Cross Document Messaging

Category: Browsers, IE, Standards

IEBlog has posted about the IE 8 support of postMessage, which is great news. They link to a MSDN article that discusses the support, and a use case. Jeff Walden noted that “the interface implemented by the current IE8 beta lags the HTML5 specification by several revisions in backwards-incompatible ways, so if you’re going to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:04 am
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3.5 rating from 15 votes

Monday, May 12th, 2008

CSS Child Selector Performance

Category: Browsers, CSS, Performance

Are child selectors slower than more simple brethren? This is a question that Jon Sykes sought out data for after he read the work of Jim Barraud. His conclusion? The skinny is that child selectors are a major performance issue. This seemed to make sense, but to me I needed some sort of proof rather Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:44 am
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4.4 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

File API via mountpoint://

Category: Browsers, Standards

If you ‘aint got a URL scheme, you are a nobody. That is what I thought when I saw fx:// on the first day of JavaOne. The newest one of these that I have seen is mountpoint:// which is part of an Opera proposal for a File I/O API in the browser. You know me, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:18 am
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3.9 rating from 14 votes

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Details of button padding in various browsers

Category: Browsers, CSS

After building a slide deck with Ben, you learn the art of a perfectionist. He would love Chris Hester’s posting on button padding that shows you how your buttons look on various browsers and operating systems. Even been frustrated when you try to style things on the Mac? Here are a few of his findings: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am
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4.4 rating from 44 votes

IE and Windows XP Service Pack 3… still IE 6

Category: Browsers, IE

Whenever I see a post on the IE Blog that has a title like IE and XP SP 3 I hope to see “oh, and IE 6 users will be upgraded”. How much pain would be relieved when IE 6 usage is minimal? Unfortunately, I was disappointed again: XPSP3 will continue to ship with IE6 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:40 am
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3.6 rating from 27 votes

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

We are JavaScript library authors. Hear us roar!

Category: Browsers, CSS, JavaScript

John Resig “doesn’t think there’s a single JavaScript developer who isn’t excited about the new Selectors API specification (and the upcoming implementations).” He was asked to provide feedback on the API, and he sent them an email with just that. He had three concerns: DOMElement.querySelectorAll returning incorrect elements This is the most critical issue. As Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:40 am
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3.9 rating from 27 votes

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Events Compatibility Tables

Category: Browsers, Debugging, Showcase

PPK has published new event compatibility tables that test the event registration models (traditional, W3C and Microsoft) as well as event bubbling and capturing. There is a lot of data here on the quirks of the various browsers.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:52 am
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4.5 rating from 13 votes

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Cuzillion: Performance best practices tool

Category: Browsers, Examples, JavaScript, Performance, Showcase, Testing

Steve Souders has released a nice little tool called Cuzillion which has the tag line of ‘cuz there are zillion pages to check, although it could also be that there are a zillion ways to do Web development! The tool lets you test out different techniques for optimizing performance in browsers, and these tests can Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:37 pm
3 Comments

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3.6 rating from 19 votes

CSS Variables are next?

Category: Browsers, CSS, WebKit

How long have you wanted to name colors and such in your CSS instead of having to use search and replace (which breaks if you share the same colors ;) ? We have a proposal thanks to Daniel Glazman and the ubiquitous David Hyatt. Since the release of CSS Level 2 Recommendation ten years ago Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:49 am
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4.6 rating from 46 votes

WebKit keeps going with CSS Masks

Category: Browsers, WebKit

Wow, get the feeling that they are on a roll with taking Canvas / SVG like use cases, generalizing them, and making them available to people as simple CSS. First we had CSS animations, and we are now going with CSS Masks which run across images and <video> elements: WebKit now supports alpha masks in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:22 am
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4.1 rating from 22 votes

Friday, April 18th, 2008

100 Line Ajax Wrapper

Category: Browsers, IE, XmlHttpRequest

Kris Zyp gives us a glimpse at a potential future with his 100 line Ajax wrapper that tries to do the right thing cross browser for the various cross-domain models: With IE8’s new XDomainRequest feature, a new API is added for cross-site requests, instead of using the W3C cross-site access proposal. Just for fun, I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:45 am
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3.6 rating from 18 votes