Category: Browsers

Minefield Set to Explode Chrome

Ok, I’ve got to admit that Chrome has lost a bit of its luster as far as I’m concerned. For instance, for one of my projects, I need to use Central Desktop, an excellent project management site. Unfortunately, it’s one of several sites that Chrome can’t handle.  Not that Safari or even Opera can either. 

Chrome is shiny!

Since downloading Chrome two days ago, I’ve had the chance both to work and play with it, and I must say I’m tremendously impressed. Initial reactions: Chrome is fast. Very fast. The difference is especially noticeable on high-bandwidth connections. (On my DSL connection at home, it’s fast, but not breathtakingly so.) Chrome uses multi-threaded rendering


Eye candy is pretty, by definition. But too much is too much, and AT&T’s new browser, Pogo seems to suffer from the vast amount of resources demanded by its attempt to make the most mundane Web tasks (finding a bookmark, for instance) a breath-taking overdose of eye-catching beauty. Here’s Ars Technica’s review of Pogo. It’s

Browser Hell, 2008

This is a presentation I gave to the Web Standards and Usability Users Group meeting on April 8. The title is way too pessimistic. I should’ve changed it to “Browser Purgatory,” but that doesn’t really have the same je ne sais quoi pas.

Thank you, to the IE 8 team

To anyone involved in designing with CSS and semantic HTML to support Web standards, Internet Explorer has been the constant thorn in our side. IE5, IE 5.5, IE6, and IE7 have been the seemingly endless source of a Microsoft-generated ocean of frustration: deviant box model DOCTYPE switching no min- or max- widths or heights no

Gmail vs. HMTL Validator in Firefox

I’ve been having problems this past week with Firefox freezing up when I’m using Gmail. Fortunately I found the cure today: If you’re using the HTML Validator extension (and if you’re not, you should be!) right-click on its icon in the status bar, select “Disable for” on the pop-up window, modify the address to

Update on Safari 3

On some Windows computers, Safari 3 passes Acid2 with flying colors. On others it gives the orange blindfold. Interesting, since those differing results can be seen on the same operating system, Windows XP, SP2. Who cares about badly rendering a test image, though? Firefox still doesn’t pass Acid2, but it renders pages properly. I’m more

Orange Blindfold Strikes Again: Safari for Windows

Safari for Windows? I had to try it. Safari is a superb browser, although most Mac’ers of my acquaintance prefer Firefox for the Mac. On their download page, Apple touts the many advantages of Safari for Windows, although most of them are advantages only over the rapidly diminishing Internet Explorer 6. However, the top of

Microsoft admits non-compliance, recommends Netscape

I’m posting this one a bit late, but on Thursday, June 10, 2004,» displayed an unusually appropriate message to anyone browsing the site with Internet Explorer 6.0. It said: Warning: You are viewing this page with an unsupported Web browser. This Web site works best with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later or Netscape

Squashing the IE bug from hell

I just solved the strangest Internet Explorer CSS bug I’ve encountered to date. Everything looked great in Mozilla, Netscape 7, Safari, and Opera. I had a smart, two-column layout I’d adapted from layouts by CSS geniuses Alex Robinson» and Mark Newhouse». As long as the browser window was maximized, everything was fine. But when it