Articles Tagged ‘Browsers’

Future of Web Design Sketchnotes – Day 1

Over the last few days I attended the Future of Web Design conference in central London. It was a great two days meeting some of my peers and heroes of web design. Here’s my notes from day 1 including talks from Aaron Walters, Mike Kus, Rachel Andrew, Robin Christopherson, Daniel Rhatihgan, Sarah Parmenter, Dan Rubin, Matt Gifford and Aral Balkan.

Day 2 sketchnotes can be found behind this link.

Safari update makes itself obsolete on Windows

Last week, Apple announced the Safari 4 beta with a whole host of updates and enhancements. Whilst all of this is great for Mac users, it renders the browser completely obsolete for Windows users. Let me explain:

Lets go through the list of new features.

  • Top SitesOpera first added this feature 3 years ago, Google Chrome has it, all Apple did was make it fancy and unusable
  • Cover Flow – I like the live page preview (other browsers do have that) but cover flow, to me, is something that windows users will never understand
  • Full history search – Safari is the last browser to get this function
  • Tabs on top – Google spent a lot of effort getting this right, Apple haven’t put the same level of thought into it. If anything, it makes Apple look like they’re copying Google, badly.
  • Nitro engine – Makes pages run fast. Cool
  • Native look and feel – looks good in Vista, awful in XP. Considering Vista usage is < 10%, that’s not a good thing
  • Developer tools – once again, Apple is playing catch-up

So, what does this all mean exactly? Well, Safari is becoming more and more like Chrome. In fact, all Google has to do is update their Webkit rendering engine and they will be the same browser. In this manner, Safari for Windows has just shot itself in the foot by removing any differentiating features between itself and its nearest competitior.

I fully expect Safari 5 to make itself even more like Google Chrome (whatever that may look like in 2 years time).

Browser Wars: The SlickSpeed Test

Firefox 3 start pageWith the impending release of Firefox 3, a new chapter to “browser wars” is upon us. In this short series, I’ll be looking at what each browser offers to a user, and hopefully pick a champion.

The first battleground is JavaScript. In the late 1990s, JavaScript was shunned by many web developers because of browser incompatabilities, bugs and that it wasn’t very useful for things other than fancy clock (which flash is better at anyway). Since the rise of the XmlHttpRequest, JavaScript has become a way to enhance a website and provide new ways of interacting with the users. Combine this with JavaScript libraries such as jQuery, mooTools, Prototype and DoJo, JavaScript has had a renaissance of biblical proportions. With the Web Standards Project releasing Acid 3 as a JavaScript test, the JavaScript comeback has been set high standards of compliance in the same way that Acid 2 did for CSS
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