Google Chrome – finally, a browser from google!

Google have just released their own Web browser.  When they announced it via a set of comic strips, it took some people by surprise especially after the april fool stunt a couple of years ago. The comic strip itself tries to explain how the web has evolved and why we need a new browser to cater for that.
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Mozilla Ubiquity

Mozilla ubiquity gives you a command line interface to the web, but how useful is it?

Mozilla Ubiquity is another little project in progress over at Mozilla Labs. It provides a command line interface to the web… well a very small part of it anyway. They released an early alpha version a couple of days ago so I thought I’ll give it a go.

It comes as a Firefox extension that currently works in Windows, OSX (requiring another software download) and partially in Linux. Once you’ve installed the extension you can press ctrl+space to call up a little console. Continue reading “Mozilla Ubiquity”

Mozilla Snowl: Is there really a gap for it to fill?

There are desktop email and feed readers and there are web based feed aggregators. Where does Snowl fit in, and does it provide additional value?

Mozilla have a new project brewing in their labs called Snowl. It is supposed to be An Experiment with Messaging in the Browser

They call it a conversing tool. Its purpose is to help us follow and participate online discussions by helping us keep track of all our conversations.
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Firefox 3 launches with a world record

With 8,002,530 Firefox enters the Guiness Book of World Records for “largest number of
software downloads in 24 hours.” All is not great though

With 8,002,530 Firefox enters the Guiness Book of World Records for “largest number of
software downloads in 24 hours.” Continue reading “Firefox 3 launches with a world record”

Trying out Firefox 3 rc1

On my almost green 1.5GHz VIA computer running linux you can immediately tell that firefox 3 rc1 is a lot more responsive than Firefox 2. The problem is though it doesn’t have support for some of the my Web Development plugins, namely Firbug, HTML Validator and Web Developer.

On my almost green 1.5GHz VIA computer running linux you can immediately tell that firefox 3 rc1 is a lot more responsive than Firefox 2. The problem is though it doesn’t have support for some of the my Web Development plugins, namely Firbug, HTML Validator and Web Developer. I know beta versions of these are available for firefox 3, but I’m feeling a little lazy now to hunt them down and install them. It’ll take more clicks than I’m willing to spare right now! 🙂
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Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 Quick Test

Beta 1 of Internet Explorer 8 is out, but does it pass CSS2 tests?

Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 has been released to the wild. The ACID2 test could not be reached for a good while after ie8 was released. I guess everyone who downloaded was running the test. While it does seem to pass the ACID2 test (provided you OK the ActiveX dialog box), it still fails on some CSS 2.1 tests in the W3C CSS 2.1 suite.. I couldn’t run as many of the test I wanted, as IE takes up around 95-99% of CPU time on the test list page. Continue reading “Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 Quick Test”

Microsoft comes to its senses about IE8

Well, it would appear that microsoft is realising it made a mistake in choosing version targeted quirks mode as the default for Internet Explorer 8. I guess they didn’t anticipate the uproar from developers, and so decided to do a U-Turn and enable standard compliance mode by default.

Well, it would appear that microsoft is realising it made a mistake in choosing version targeted quirks mode as the default for Internet Explorer 8. I guess they didn’t anticipate the uproar from developers, and so decided to do a U-Turn and enable standard compliance mode by default. Continue reading “Microsoft comes to its senses about IE8”

Minimum and Maximum widths in IE6 CSS

Setting minimum and maximum widths for a web page in IE6 using proprietary CSS expressions, and adding the stylesheet using Internet Explorer conditional comment tag.

In a previous article I showed you how easy it is to create a constrained fluid layout i.e. one with a minimum and maximum widths. While this works on all standards compliant browsers, it doesn’t work in Internet Explorer 6. Continue reading “Minimum and Maximum widths in IE6 CSS”

Internet Explorer 8: taking quirks and hacks into the future

Microsoft is choosing quirks mode over standards compliance for Internet Explorer 8. The browser will render in quirks mode unless you add the new meta tag.

Microsoft are looking to punish web users and developers by releasing another broken version of internet explorer in its 8th incarnation. They say they are helping people by not making it standards compliant, that people want things to remain the same. Well, web developers have to work bloody hard to make sure their content looks nearly as presentable in IE as it does in standards compliant browsers.

They say that if they start following standards, the web pages of their current userbase will no longer look right. That’s the same argument they’ve been using since version 6, and if they carry on, the issue will still remain in 10 years time. Continue reading “Internet Explorer 8: taking quirks and hacks into the future”