Browsers

New and updated Web browsers are released frequently, and I try to keep track of them all. This category contains articles that mention browser news, features, bugs, plug-ins, extensions, bookmarklets, and similar.

Safari for iOS needs a text size preference and text reflow

Safari for iOS needs a text size preference or a control to change text size. It also needs to reflow text to make line lengths fit the screen.

Posted on January 3, 2011

Beware of -webkit-text-size-adjust:none

Think very carefully before using -webkit-text-size-adjust:none since it will prevent people using WebKit-based browsers from resizing text. Needless to say, that is not user-friendly.

Posted on November 25, 2010

Internet Explorer now only the third most used browser

As of October 2010, Internet Explorer (all versions combined) is only the third most used browser on 456bereastreet.com, used by 16.3 % of visitors.

Posted on November 18, 2010

How to make IE9 beta work with Parallels Desktop

To make Internet Explorer 9 work when run in a virtual machine under Parallels Desktop, you may need to disable hardware acceleration. Here’s how.

Posted on October 27, 2010

IE 9 does not resize text sized in pixels

Internet Explorer 9 (in beta at the time of this writing), still does not let the user resize text whose size has been specified in pixels.

Posted on October 18, 2010

“Inspect element” is not the same as “View source”

Using a developer tool like Firebug, Web Inspector or Dragonfly to view an HTML documents DOM is not the same as viewing source.

Posted on September 30, 2010

Parts of CSS3 in Internet Explorer now with CSS3 PIE

Progressive Internet Explorer uses Behaviors to emulate several of the most popular CSS3 properties like border-radius and box-shadow in IE versions 6-8.

Posted on September 13, 2010

Useful Safari extensions

I’ve spent some time trying to find Safari extensions that match the useful add-ons I have installed in Firefox. Here are my lists of what I have found and what I am still missing.

Posted on September 9, 2010

Remember non-vendor-prefixed CSS 3 properties (and put them last)

When using CSS 3 properties that still have experimental implementations and use vendor prefixes, also include the non-prefixed version and put it after any vendor-specific properties in your CSS rules.

Posted on September 2, 2010

Please don’t resize my browser window

One of the most annoying things a website can do when I visit it is use JavaScript to resize my browser window. Just don’t do it.

Posted on August 16, 2010

Be careful with non-ascii characters in URLs

Unless you have really strong internationalisation requirements, consider sticking to the following characters in URLs: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, -, ., _, and ~.

Posted on June 14, 2010

Validating HTML5 in the browser

I’m looking for a browser extension that supports HTML5 and automatically validates the markup of every page I load in the browser without sending anything to a remote server.

Posted on June 3, 2010

If you use the accesskey attribute, specify unique values

If you use the accesskey attribute and specify the same value more than once, browser behaviour is unspecified and varies a lot. Make sure values are unique if you use accesskey.

Posted on May 26, 2010

Internet Explorer market share now below 60 percent

In April 2010, Internet Explorer’s worldwide market share dropped below 60 percent according to Net Applications. On this site, IE has less than 20 percent.

Posted on May 17, 2010

The Web is a web of content, not an application framework

The Web excels at enabling people to find and share information, but it is not a particularly good platform for creating and delivering “desktop-class applications”.

Posted on May 10, 2010

Web Inspector adds Timeline and Audits panels

Improved inspection of CSS, HTML, and DOM, following redirects in the Resources panel, and getting tips for improving performance in the Timeline and Audits panels are some new features.

Posted on April 19, 2010

Heading navigation in web browsers

Very few web browsers allow users to step through the headings on a page. This functionality would benefit keyboard users, so I would like to see more browsers implement it.

Posted on March 22, 2010

IE9 Platform Preview available

A platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download. News include better performance and improved support for HTML5, CSS3, DOM, SVG, and XHTML.

Posted on March 16, 2010

Visual display of alternative text

When an image is missing or images are disabled, web browsers should completely replace the image with its alt text.

Posted on March 4, 2010

Beware of “Web Page, complete” when saving HTML pages with your browser

Using the “Web Page, complete” (or similarly named) option when saving a page with a web browser will often change the markup.

Posted on February 1, 2010

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